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destitute

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adjective des·ti·tute \ˈdes-tə-ˌtüt, -ˌt(y)üt\

Simple Definition of destitute

  • : extremely poor

  • : without something that is needed or wanted

Full Definition of destitute

  1. 1 :  lacking something needed or desirable <a lake destitute of fish>

  2. 2 :  lacking possessions and resources; especially :  suffering extreme poverty <a destitute old man>

des·ti·tute·ness noun

Examples of destitute

  1. His business failures left him destitute.

  2. <many families were left destitute by the horrible fire>



Origin of destitute

Middle English, from Latin destitutus, past participle of destituere to abandon, deprive, from de- + statuere to set up — more at statute


First Known Use: 14th century




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