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Definition to die — especially in an unnatural way


to be destroyed or cease to exist
  • ...government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Gettysburg Address
perish = be destroyed or cease to exist
  • We can work together or perish separately.
  • perish = die
  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • perish = die
  • They'd perish if they went outdoors in this weather!
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • perish = die
  • Shaking in every limb, I groped my way back to the wall; resolving there to perish rather than risk the terrors of the wells,
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • perish = die
  • "I'm 'bout to perish," said Dill.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • perish = die
  • [of the legend of Hercules and Antaeus] But when he was held, rootless, in midair, by Hercules, he perished easily. If there isn't something in that legend for us today, in this city, in our time, then I am completely insane.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • perished = died
  • I'd made the jar as nice as I could with felty petals, fat with pollen, and more than enough nail holes in the lid to keep the bees from perishing, since for all I knew, people might come back one day as the very thing they killed.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • perishing = dying
  • ...government of the people. . .by the people. . .for the people. . . shall not perish from this earth.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
  • perish = cease to exist
  • Here, homeless and friendless, after thirty-seven years of bitter captivity, perished a noble stranger, natural son of Louis XIV.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • perished = died
  • Love each other or perish.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • perish = cease to exist
  • CREON The patriot perished by the outlaw's brand.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • perished = died, was destroyed, or ceased to exist
  • They perish from hunger and from the claws of the wild beasts...
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • perish = die
  • For those who perished on the line
    He did not seem to care,
    His engine being more to him
    Than all the people there.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • perished = died
  • Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
  • perish = be destroyed
  • Montag saw the flirt of a great metal fist over the far city and he knew the scream of the jets that would follow, would say, after the deed, disintegrate, leave no stone on another, perish.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • perish = die
  • Ultimately, returning to this country, he was thrown into jail for debt, and there perished miserably, as such high spirits generally do.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • But just as time heals the marsh grasses that wither and perish in the winter cold, so does it quell the storms that often threaten the human soul.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Should Rowan continue this futile resistance, all it holds dear will perish in agony.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • I want a democratic power strong enough to force the intellectual oligarchy to use its genius for the general good or else perish.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara

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