Definition of hunger strike in English:

hunger strike

Pronunciation /ˈhəNGɡər ˈˌstrīk/ /ˈhəŋɡər ˈˌstraɪk/


  • A prolonged refusal to eat, carried out as a protest by a prisoner.

    ‘one hundred students began a hunger strike’
    mass noun ‘political prisoners who had gone on hunger strike’
    • ‘When the meeting promised for Monday morning did not materialise, the detainees began a hunger strike.’
    • ‘She's adamant that she'll begin an indefinite hunger strike once she reaches jail.’
    • ‘In Turkish prisons eight people are on hunger strike in protest at prison isolation.’
    • ‘Recently refugees from Afghanistan staged a hunger strike in protest against their treatment.’
    • ‘In the meantime, he is on a hunger strike in a Canadian jail to protest the US legal system.’
    • ‘On Monday 4 July, a number of journalists started a hunger strike to protest the article.’
    • ‘He was arrested in August, began a hunger strike, and was taken to Brixton Prison.’
    • ‘This would not be the case in a hunger strike where the doctor has access to all the information, and the purpose of the strike.’
    • ‘The hunger strike began on August 29 in the death row section of the prison.’
    • ‘A pensioner who vowed to starve himself to death in a protest against his treatment in prison has called off his hunger strike.’
    • ‘Some tried to claw their way over the barbed wire fences, and 20 detainees staged a hunger strike.’
    • ‘In prison she went on hunger strikes, a tactic favoured by many of the suffragettes, as a hunger strike meant release from jail.’
    • ‘The father had been on a hunger strike and was handcuffed and forcibly removed to another centre.’
    • ‘The hunger strike empowered a new generation, initially on the streets and then into the ballot box.’
    • ‘Her friends say she began a hunger strike 10 days ago after the Home Office told her she would have to return to Iran.’
    • ‘On May 6, two workers began a hunger strike and were followed by six more two days later.’
    • ‘Twice since the hunger strike began, the men have needed urgent medical attention.’
    • ‘It did not say when she began the hunger strike or how her health condition is.’
    • ‘He was not allowed to pray, until a hunger strike by inmates led to a relaxation of the rules.’
    • ‘While in prison again, he went on a hunger strike, surviving on water for 36 days.’
    period of fasting, period of abstinence


hunger strike

/ˈhəNGɡər ˈˌstrīk/ /ˈhəŋɡər ˈˌstraɪk/