starvation

[stahr-vey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or state of starving; condition of being starved.
adjective
2.
liable or seeming to cause starving: a starvation diet.

Origin:
1770–80; starve + -ation

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starvation (stɑːˈveɪʃən)
 
n
a.  the act or an instance of starving or state of being starved
 b.  (as modifier): a starvation diet; starvation wages

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starvation star·va·tion (stär-vā'shən)
n.

  1. The act or process of starving.

  2. The condition of being starved.

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Example sentences
Crisis situations contribute to hunger and starvation.
Lack of calories-hunger-is a headline-grabber, particularly as rising food
  prices push more people towards starvation.
They would suffer frostbite, snow blindness, and starvation.
Have the non-beggars sit down, as they have gone out hunting or are weak from
  starvation.
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