de·​prived | \ di-ˈprīvd How to pronounce deprived (audio) \

Definition of deprived

: marked by deprivation especially of the necessities of life or of healthful environmental influences culturally deprived children sleep-deprived parents

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Synonyms & Antonyms for deprived


depressed, disadvantaged, underprivileged


advantaged, privileged

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Examples of deprived in a Sentence

The diet allows you to eat small amounts of your favorite foods, so you won't feel deprived. deprived children growing up in the slums

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Not everyone thinks more measurement is what children in low-income and deprived areas need. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "The scientific effort to protect babies from trauma before it happens," 22 June 2019 Two city supervisors have proposed banning new corporate construction from installing employee cafeterias, with the hope that the hungry, deprived workers will hit the bricks and kick off a neighborhood culinary renaissance. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Back to Real Office Lunches? Only if Someone Makes Us Do It," 3 Aug. 2018 Meyer and his coauthors conclude that this suggests food stamps are doing a good job of targeting the most deprived Americans. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How many Americans live on $2 a day? The biggest debate in poverty research, explained.," 5 June 2019 As the numbers of Palestinian dead and injured mounted in Gaza, the already-deprived healthcare sector sagged under the weight of the casualties. Tareq Baconi, The New York Review of Books, "One Year of Gaza Protests. A New Era of Palestinian Struggle?," 29 Mar. 2019 Abdullah personally endows 30 scholarships a year for talented students from deprived backgrounds. Richard Mcgill Murphy, Town & Country, "Desert Prep," 17 Dec. 2012 The abolition of a wealth tax in 2007 deprived economists of valuable data on individual households’ finances. The Economist, "Giddy property prices are a test for Swedish policymakers," 21 June 2018 At an open meeting in Oldham, one of Britain’s most deprived towns, about two dozen people answered a recent invitation from Mr. Adonis to debate Brexit. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Could the U.K. Vote Again on Brexit? The Prospects Are Rising," 21 Apr. 2018 Were Hungary deprived of voting rights, the PPE would lose its plurality of seats in the assembly. Monika Nalepa, Washington Post, "Poland may forcibly ‘retire’ dozens of Supreme Court justices," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of deprived

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deprived

see deprive

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English Language Learners Definition of deprived

: not having the things that are needed for a good or healthy life


de·​prived | \ di-ˈprīvd\

Kids Definition of deprived

: not having the things that are needed for a good or healthful life



Legal Definition of deprived

: marked by deprivation especially of the necessities of life or care in a healthful environment a deprived child

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