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destitute

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

: extremely poor

: without something that is needed or wanted

Full Definition of DESTITUTE

1
:  lacking something needed or desirable <a lake destitute of fish>
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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DESTITUTENESS Defined for Kids

destitute

adjective des·ti·tute \ˈde-stə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\

Definition of DESTITUTE for Kids

1
:  lacking something needed or desirable <The room was destitute of comforts.>
2
:  very poor <The charity helps destitute people.>

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