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perish

[per-ish] /ˈpɛr ɪʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to die or be destroyed through violence, privation, etc.:
to perish in an earthquake.
2.
to pass away or disappear:
an age of elegance that has forever perished.
3.
to suffer destruction or ruin:
His valuable paintings perished in the fire.
4.
to suffer spiritual death:
Save us, lest we perish.
Idioms
5.
perish the thought, may it never happen: used facetiously or as an afterthought of foreboding.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English perissen < Old French periss-, long stem of perir < Latin perīre to perish, literally, go through, spend fully, equivalent to per- per- + īre to go
Related forms
perishless, adjective
perishment, noun
unperished, adjective
Synonyms
1. expire. See die1 . 2. wither, shrivel, rot, molder, vanish.
Antonyms
2. appear.
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  • Publish or perish has long been the burden of every aspiring university professor.
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  • Another danger is that a worthy experiment with risk-based border controls will perish.
  • Bleaching occurs when warmer oceans cause corals to lose their symbiotic algae, leaving the blanched reefs to slowly perish.
  • Cities that cease to provide choice-or which try to overcontrol their denizens-lose their spark and sometimes perish.
  • New media predators rise up, but other media species typically adapt rather than perish.
  • That's why it's publish or perish, not teach or perish.
  • There is no way to predict which clones will thrive and which will perish.
  • Without relief, aid workers say, thousands more civilians would perish.
  • We, ourselves, would perish long before such an event would take place.
British Dictionary definitions for perish

perish

/ˈpɛrɪʃ/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to be destroyed or die, esp in an untimely way
2.
(transitive sometimes followed by with or from) to cause to suffer: we were perished with cold
3.
to rot: leather perishes if exposed to bad weather
4.
perish the thought!, may it never be or happen thus
noun
5.
(Austral, informal) do a perish, to die or come near to dying of thirst or starvation
Word Origin
C13: from Old French périr, from Latin perīre to pass away entirely, from per- (away) + īre to go
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Word Origin and History for perish
v.

mid-13c., from periss- present participle stem of Old French perir "perish, be lost, be shipwrecked" (12c.), from Latin perire "to be lost, perish," literally "to go through," from per- "through, completely, to destruction" (see per) + ire "to go" (see ion). Related: Perished; perishing.

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Idioms and Phrases with perish

perish

In addition to the idiom beginning with perish also see: publish or perish
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