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[per-ish] /ˈpɛr ɪʃ/

verb (used without object)
to die or be destroyed through violence, privation, etc.:
to perish in an earthquake.
to pass away or disappear:
an age of elegance that has forever perished.
to suffer destruction or ruin:
His valuable paintings perished in the fire.
to suffer spiritual death:
Save us, lest we perish.
perish the thought, may it never happen: used facetiously or as an afterthought of foreboding.
verb (intransitive)
to be destroyed or die, esp in an untimely way
(transitive sometimes followed by with or from) to cause to suffer: we were perished with cold
to rot: leather perishes if exposed to bad weather
perish the thought!, may it never be or happen thus
(Austral, informal) do a perish, to die or come near to dying of thirst or starvation

mid-13c., from periss- present participle stem of Old French perir “perish, be lost, be shipwrecked” (12c.), from Latin perire “to be lost, perish,” literally “to go through,” from per- “through, completely, to destruction” (see per) + ire “to go” (see ion). Related: Perished; perishing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with perish


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