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Definition 1: a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death - [noun denoting event]

(famine is a kind of ...) an event resulting in great loss and misfortune

"the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity" "the earthquake was a disaster"

(... is a kind of famine ) a famine in Ireland resulting from a potato blight; between 1846 and 1851 a million people starved to death and 1.6 million emigrated (most to America)

Definition 2: an acute insufficiency - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for famine in the sense of this definition

(famine is a kind of ...) the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

"there is a serious lack of insight into the problem" "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions" "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"

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