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starvation

noun [U]     /stɑːˈveɪ.ʃən/ US  /stɑːr-/
C2 the state of having no food for a long period, often causing death: 20 million people face starvation unless a vast emergency aid programme is launched. The animals had died of starvation.figurative They pay starvation wages (= not enough money to live on).Hungry and thirstyDeath and dying
(Definition of starvation noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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