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 for famished
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Famish \Fam"ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Famished; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Famishing.] [OE. famen; cf. OF. afamer, L. fames. See
     Famine, and cf. Affamish.]
     1. To starve, kill, or destroy with hunger. --Shak.
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     2. To exhaust the strength or endurance of, by hunger; to
        distress with hanger.
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              And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the
              people cried to Pharaoh for bread.    --Cen. xli.
                                                    55.
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              The pains of famished Tantalus he'll feel. --Dryden.
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     3. To kill, or to cause to suffer extremity, by deprivation
        or denial of anything necessary.
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              And famish him of breath, if not of bread. --Milton.
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     4. To force or constrain by famine.
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              He had famished Paris into a surrender. --Burke.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  famished
      adj 1: extremely hungry; "they were tired and famished for food
             and sleep"; "a ravenous boy"; "the family was starved and
             ragged"; "fell into the esurient embrance of a predatory
             enemy" [syn: famished, ravenous, sharp-set,
             starved, esurient]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  39 Moby Thesaurus words for "famished":
     bare-handed, beggarly, craving, dog-hungry, empty, empty-handed,
     famishing, fasting, half-famished, half-starved, hungering, hungry,
     ill off, ill-equipped, ill-furnished, ill-provided, impoverished,
     on short commons, pauperized, peckish, pinched with hunger, poor,
     ravening, ravenous, sharp-set, shorthanded, starved, starveling,
     starving, underfed, undermanned, undernourished, unfed, unfilled,
     unprovided, unreplenished, unsupplied, voracious, wolfish
  
  

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