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

Definition of DESTITUTION

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


  1. <widespread destitution in Third World countries>

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


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

Definition of DESTITUTION for Kids

:  the condition of being very poor


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