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starvation

noun [U] uk   /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).
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