Classical Usage: The day after her would-be wedding day Jane finally awakes. The unexpected turn of events and lengthy talks of the previous night left her without regular meals, and emotionally drained. “My head swam as I stood erect. I perceived that I was sickening from excitement and inanition; neither meat nor drink had passed my lips that day, for I had taken no breakfast.”
Classically Mad Usage: My children frequently suffer from inanition, especially when it’s time to pick up toys, recite the preposition list, and put on socks. If I would only feed them a snack all of these tasks could be accomplished with vigor.