Examples of destitution in a Sentence
widespread destitution in Third World countries
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Zombek, a fluent Spanish speaker, grew up in Bridgeport, Conn., a diverse city with large pockets of destitution.
Young black men, women and gender-nonconforming people are corralled into deep pockets of destitution, then shot to death for trying to hustle their way out to some semblance of security and safety.
But my family was in a similar position as those folks fleeing famine and destitution.
But the war had also left Poland, and much of Europe, in a state of famine and destitution.
Stapinski thinks of the destitution of 19th-century Matera.
Jeanne and Julien’s son, Paul, grows into a ne’er-do-well whose debts reduce Jeanne to destitution.
The delineation of tasks that keeps one couple safe from destitution and filth would feel horribly rigid to another.
For many older Americans, Social Security and Medicare are the last refuges against destitution.
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First Known Use of destitution
Synonymsbeggary, destituteness, poverty, impecuniosity, impecuniousness, impoverishment, indigence, necessity, need, neediness, pauperism, penuriousness, penury, poorness, want
Antonymsaffluence, opulence, richness, wealth, wealthiness
Related Wordsgutter, misery, woe, wretchedness; exigency; emergency, rainy day; austerity, deprivation, privation; bankruptcy, insolvency; belt-tightening, pinching, straitening
Near Antonymsluxury, prosperity
Synonym Discussion of destitution
- the extreme poverty of the slum dwellers
- the indigence of her years as a graduate student
- a catastrophic illness that condemned them to years of penury
- lived in a perpetual state of want
- the widespread destitution in countries beset by famine
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