Simple Definition of destitute
: 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>
Examples of destitute
His business failures left him destitute.
<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
Rhymes with destitute
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