perish: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (per'ish), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to die or be destroyed through violence, privation, etc.: to perish in an earthquake.
  2. to pass away or disappear: an age of elegance that has forever perished.
  3. to suffer destruction or ruin: His valuable paintings perished in the fire.
  4. to suffer spiritual death: Save us, lest we perish.
  5. may it never happen: used facetiously or as an afterthought of foreboding.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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