deprivation

noun
dep·​ri·​va·​tion | \ ˌde-prə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce deprivation (audio) also ˌdē-ˌprī- How to pronounce deprivation (audio) \

Definition of deprivation

1 : the state of being kept from possessing, enjoying, or using something : the state of being deprived : privation especially : removal from an office, dignity, or benefice
2 : an act or instance of withholding or taking something away from someone or something : an act or instance of depriving : loss overcoming the deprivations of their childhoods the hazards of oxygen deprivation

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Examples of deprivation in a Sentence

She is studying the effects of sleep deprivation. She eventually overcame the deprivations of her childhood.
Recent Examples on the Web Dreamed up amid the deprivation of the Great Depression, the Usonian houses were intended as utopian experiments, houses for the rest of us, democratic residences of exquisite taste and modest price. Christopher Benfey, Harper's magazine, "Burning Down the House," 25 Nov. 2019 Despite the deprivation, Sadr City is a place of intense energy that has produced some of Iraq’s best musicians and poets, as well as painters and sculptors. New York Times, "‘Our Patience Is Over’: Why Iraqis Are Protesting," 20 Nov. 2019 Art's father held the prestigious position of professor at New York University and had the good fortune to shield him from the full brunt of the deprivation felt by many in those whirlwind years. courant.com, "Arthur Wider," 5 Nov. 2019 But this balance is delicate and could be upset by anything from brain trauma to sleep deprivation. Quanta Magazine, "Dueling Brain Waves Anchor or Erase Learning During Sleep," 24 Oct. 2019 But the nastiness of regular undernourishment, the regular deprivation of women compared with men, and the continuation of bad schooling for children, these are much harder to politicize. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Amartya Sen’s Hopes and Fears for Indian Democracy," 6 Oct. 2019 But the worst part of it has been the sheer lack of awareness surrounding the deprivation of body autonomy and reproductive rights for disabled women. Nicole Lee, Quartz, "As a disabled woman, my abortion wasn’t questioned—but my pregnancy was," 18 Sep. 2019 On top of the financial deprivation, she was often made to feel like an outsider in her own family because of her race, never allowed in her uncle’s home and kept out of family functions. Bryce Covert, The New Republic, "The Myth of the Welfare Queen," 2 July 2019 The constant oxygen deprivation can cause syndrome called chronic mountain sickness (CMS), whose hallmark is an excessive proliferation of red blood cells. Xing Liu, Science Magazine, "At 5100 meters elevation, a Peruvian gold mining town is the world’s highest settlement—and a good place to study how life at extremely low oxygen levels ravages the body.," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of deprivation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deprivation

see deprive

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The first known use of deprivation was in the 15th century

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2 Dec 2019

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“Deprivation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deprivation. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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deprivation

noun
How to pronounce deprivation (audio) How to pronounce deprivation (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of deprivation

: the state of not having something that people need : the state of being deprived of something

deprivation

noun
de·​pri·​va·​tion | \ ˌde-prə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce deprivation (audio) , ˌdē-ˌprī- \

Kids Definition of deprivation

1 : a taking or keeping away a deprivation of rights
2 : the state of having something taken away sleep deprivation

deprivation

noun
de·​pri·​va·​tion | \ ˌdep-rə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce deprivation (audio) , ˌdē-ˌprī- How to pronounce deprivation (audio) \

Medical Definition of deprivation

: the act or process of removing or the condition resulting from removal of something normally present and usually essential for mental or physical well-being his nervous system may have been affected by early oxygen deprivation— Jack Fincher sleep deprivation

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