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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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 Merrill Lynch’s actions, the SEC said, deprived customers of the ability to make informed decisions regarding their orders and broker-dealer relationships. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Bank of America to Pay $42 Million to Settle SEC Electronic-Trading Charges," 19 June 2018 As long as persons in any part of the world remain deprived of their fundamental rights and freedom, we are all diminished. Chito Gascon, Time, "What the Philippines Tells Us About the Broken Promises of Human Rights," 30 May 2018 Or the coach who took a flat, confidence-deprived unit and made it into the best defense IU football has seen in at least two decades? Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Tom Allen turned around IU football's defense, but can he fix it for good?," 22 May 2018 No significant prior criminal record, poor and deprived childhood, dysfunctional family, has young children who need his support. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana death row holds 11 prisoners," 31 Jan. 2014

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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