de·​prived di-ˈprīvd How to pronounce deprived (audio)
: marked by deprivation especially of the necessities of life or of healthful environmental influences
culturally deprived children
sleep-deprived parents

Examples of deprived in a Sentence

The diet allows you to eat small amounts of your favorite foods, so you won't feel deprived. a program to help deprived children
Recent Examples on the Web Government help to the poor and deprived is often derided as socialism or social engineering by conservatives who want family values alone to be the underpinning of lifting oneself up by the bootstraps. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 2 Mar. 2024 In London, where a substantial majority of pupils are now from an immigrant background, many from deprived families, the city outperforms the country as a whole by a considerable margin. Jonathan Portes, TIME, 27 Apr. 2024 The highest MMRs and largest increases are in minoritized, working class, or deprived populations. Arline Geronimus, WIRED, 19 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, 28% of the 18-year-olds who enrolled in university this year come from deprived areas, compared with just under 18% in 2013. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2023 Instead of college scholarships and pre-Olympic programs, the big talents have, more often than not, been drawn from society’s most deprived, where trauma and lack of opportunity bake in a capacity to persist through pain. Ben Wyatt, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2023 Vardi's vast experience has taught her that the first to suffer from anti-democratic acts are those at the bottom of the Israeli food chain: Arabs, refugees, patients from deprived backgrounds. Time, 24 Aug. 2023 This suggests more resources should be allocated to health-care facilities in deprived neighborhoods, according to Dintica. Ambar Castillo, STAT, 20 July 2023 The gap in the likelihood of getting a place at a more selective university between a student from a deprived background and their more affluent classmate is at the highest level ever recorded, according to figures released just last week. Nick Morrison, Forbes, 17 July 2023

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Word History


see deprive

First Known Use

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deprived was circa 1552

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“Deprived.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: kept from having the necessities of life or a healthful environment
culturally deprived families

Legal Definition


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

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