Word of the Day: inanition
origin: from Late Latin "inanitio" meaning emptiness
1. Exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment or vitality.
"The indefatigable bell now sounded for the fourth time: the
classes were marshalled and marched into another room to
breakfast: how glad I was to behold a prospect of
getting something to eat! I was now nearly sick from inanition,
having taken so little the day before."
--Charlotte Bronte "Jane Eyre"
"Why should we trouble ourselves about the sufferings and
tortures to be endured from hunger when death stared us in the
face under so many other swifter and perhaps even more horrid
forms? It was very doubtful, under the circumstances in which
we were placed, if we should have time to die of inanition."
--Jules Verne "A Journey to the Center of the Earth"
2. The condition or quality of being empty.
Publish Date: 01/20/2011