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perishing

[per-i-shing] /ˈpɛr ɪ ʃɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing destruction, ruin, extreme discomfort, or death:
lost in the perishing cold.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see perish, -ing2
Related forms
perishingly, adverb
nonperishing, adjective
unperishing, adjective

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
1200-50; 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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Examples for perishing
  • Slight overpopulation is supposed to result in the weaker, dumber, less resourceful individuals perishing.
  • His great subject is the ambush of the self by its envelope of crude, perishing stuff.
British Dictionary definitions for perishing

perishing

/ˈpɛrɪʃɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(informal) (of weather, etc) extremely cold
2.
(slang) (intensifier qualifying something undesirable) it's a perishing nuisance!
Derived Forms
perishingly, adverb

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 perishing
perish
mid-13c., from periss- prp. stem of O.Fr. perir, from L. perire "to be lost, perish," lit. "to go through," from per- "through, completely, to destruction" + ire "to go." Perishables in reference to foodstuffs is attested from 1895.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with perishing
In addition to the idiom beginning with perish also see: publish or perish
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