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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fam-in]
    • /ˈfæm ɪn/
    • /ˈfæm.ɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fam-in]
    • /ˈfæm ɪn/

Definitions of famine word

  • noun famine extreme and general scarcity of food, as in a country or a large geographical area. 1
  • noun famine any extreme and general scarcity. 1
  • noun famine extreme hunger; starvation. 1
  • noun famine Extreme scarcity of food. 1
  • variable noun famine Famine is a situation in which large numbers of people have little or no food, and many of them die. 0
  • noun famine a severe shortage of food, as through crop failure or overpopulation 0

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Origin of famine

First appearance:

before 1325
One of the 16% oldest English words
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French, derivative of faim hunger (< Latin famēs); see -ine2

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Parts of speech for Famine


famine popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

famine usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for famine

noun famine

  • drought — A prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall; a shortage of water resulting from this.
  • starvation — the act or state of starving; condition of being starved.
  • poverty — the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. Synonyms: privation, neediness, destitution, indigence, pauperism, penury. Antonyms: riches, wealth, plenty.
  • scarcity — insufficiency or shortness of supply; dearth.
  • misery — wretchedness of condition or circumstances.

Antonyms for famine

noun famine

  • abundance — An abundance of something is a large quantity of it.
  • plenty — a full or abundant supply or amount: There is plenty of time.
  • feast — any rich or abundant meal: The steak dinner was a feast.
  • supply — to furnish or provide (a person, establishment, place, etc.) with what is lacking or requisite: to supply someone clothing; to supply a community with electricity.
  • stores — an establishment where merchandise is sold, usually on a retail basis.

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