English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'famine'

(noun) 
Definition
a severe shortage of food
The severity of the drought led to famine.
Synonyms
hunger
Hundreds of people died of hunger during the famine.
,
want
The men were daily becoming weaker for want of rest.
,
starvation
Over three hundred people had died of starvation.
,
deprivation
Unemployment can sometimes cause social deprivation.
,
scarcity
an ever-increasing scarcity of water
,
dearth
a dearth of resources
,
destitution
attempts made to relieve destitution

quotation

They that die by famine die by inches [Matthew HenryExpositions on the Old and New Testament]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of dearth
Definition
an inadequate amount
a dearth of resources
Synonyms
paucity (formal),
sparsity,
scantiness,
exiguousness
in the sense of deprivation
Unemployment can sometimes cause social deprivation.
in the sense of destitution
attempts made to relieve destitution
Synonyms
pennilessness,
dire straits,
privation (formal),
neediness,
impecuniousness,
utter poverty

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