When there is not enough food to feed everybody. Usually used for humans, but other animals also suffer.

Famine can be caused by naturally (by drought or excessive rain, by diseases or other factors) or can be man-made (by war or political matters) or even a mix of both (those in power take advantage of the food shortage for their own gain).
Natural case point: Europe's Great Famine of 1315-1317, when a spell of cold weather and heavy rains ruined crops, driving people to infanticide, child abandonment, and cannibalism.

Man-made case point: the Holodomor in 1932 Ukraine, when Stalin's policies of collectivism starved up to ten million Ukrainians, driving some to cannibalism to survive. Most of the victims were peasants who had their crops, livestock, and food stolen from them pointblank by "activist" soldiers.

Mixture case-point: Irish potato famine (An Gorta Mor) of 1845-1849, when a blight ruined potato crops and excess grain exports on the part of British authorities starved over a million Irish peasants and caused a similar number of people to flee from Ireland.

The Donner Party, whose poor choice of shortcuts cost them many resources and precious days before winter, suffered their own famine in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
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Means Bad ass, do to the fact that the Lithuanian word for famine is Badas.
Dude that's so famine!

I'm so famine.
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The act of having sex

A girl that you would have sex with
Man, I hope I get some famine tonight.

Who's the new girl? I'd famine the hell outta her.
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(used as a complete opposite of its traditional defintion.)
I'm going to JADA's house tonight...she's making the boy some famine .
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A person who promotes famine as a political tool.
Wow, Boris Johnson made The Faminator Priti Patel his Home Secretary.
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Describing someone or a group as a family of the same nation
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