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Definition of "inanition" [in•a•ni•tion]

  • Exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment or vitality. (noun)
  • The condition or quality of being empty. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "inanition" in a sentence
  • ""inanition" (starvation) for a short period, but that, accordingly, the qualitative side of the nourishment becomes more important the longer the fever lasts."
  • "Having something to do, in my case something purely cerebral and verbal, is a salutary diversion -- if only in the almost literal sense of providing an occasion to communicate with the outside world and express in words, often angry words, the bottled-up irritations and frustrations of physical inanition."
  • "England is full of wealth, of multifarious produce, supply for human want in every kind; yet England is dying of inanition."