Definition of destitution
: the state of being destitute; especially : such extreme want as threatens life unless relieved
Examples of destitution in a Sentence
widespread destitution in Third World countries
Recent Examples of destitution from the Web
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.
The contrast between such destitution and the spreading prosperity elsewhere finally prods the planet into collective action.
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Definition of destitution for Students
: the condition of being very poor
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