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famine

[fam-in] /ˈfæm ɪn/
noun
1.
extreme and general scarcity of food, as in a country or a large geographical area.
2.
any extreme and general scarcity.
3.
extreme hunger; starvation.
Origin of famine
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French, derivative of faim hunger (< Latin famēs); see -ine2
Synonyms
2. dearth, paucity, poverty, meagerness, scantness.
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famine

/ˈfæmɪn/
noun
1.
a severe shortage of food, as through crop failure or overpopulation
2.
acute shortage of anything
3.
violent hunger
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, via Vulgar Latin, from Latin famēs hunger
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Word Origin and History for famine
n.

mid-14c., from Old French famine "hunger" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *famina, from Latin fames "hunger, starvation, famine," of unknown origin.

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famine in the Bible

The first mentioned in Scripture was so grievous as to compel Abraham to go down to the land of Egypt (Gen. 26:1). Another is mentioned as having occurred in the days of Isaac, causing him to go to Gerar (Gen. 26:1, 17). But the most remarkable of all was that which arose in Egypt in the days of Joseph, which lasted for seven years (Gen. 41-45). Famines were sent as an effect of God's anger against a guilty people (2 Kings 8:1, 2; Amos 8:11; Deut. 28:22-42; 2 Sam. 21:1; 2 Kings 6:25-28; 25:3; Jer. 14:15; 19:9; 42:17, etc.). A famine was predicted by Agabus (Acts 11:28). Josephus makes mention of the famine which occurred A.D. 45. Helena, queen of Adiabene, being at Jerusalem at that time, procured corn from Alexandria and figs from Cyprus for its poor inhabitants.

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