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destitution

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noun des·ti·tu·tion \ˌdes-tə-ˈtü-shən, -ˈtyü-\

Definition of destitution

  1. :  the state of being destitute; especially :  such extreme want as threatens life unless relieved



Examples of destitution in a sentence

  1. <widespread destitution in Third World countries>



15th Century

First Known Use of destitution

15th century

Synonym Discussion of destitution

poverty, indigence, penury, want, destitution mean the state of one with insufficient resources. poverty may cover a range from extreme want of necessities to an absence of material comforts <the extreme poverty of the slum dwellers>. indigence implies seriously straitened circumstances <the indigence of her years as a graduate student>. penury suggests a cramping or oppressive lack of money <a catastrophic illness that condemned them to years of penury>. want and destitution imply extreme poverty that threatens life itself through starvation or exposure <lived in a perpetual state of want> <the widespread destitution in countries beset by famine>.

DESTITUTION Defined for Kids

destitution

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noun des·ti·tu·tion \ˌde-stə-ˈtü-shən, -ˈtyü-\

Definition of destitution for Students

  1. :  the condition of being very poor





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