Definition of privation
1 : an act or instance of depriving : deprivation
2 : the state of being deprived; especially : lack of what is needed for existence
Examples of privation in a Sentence
The country has suffered through long periods of economic privation.
the constant privation of sleep was starting to affect my work
Recent Examples of privation from the Web
Here, where both land and life are flat, the privations of rural teenage existence yield wild and elemental bewitchments.
The reality is that this stunning symbol grew partially from material privation.
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Origin and Etymology of privation
Middle English privacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin privation-, privatio, from privare to deprive
First Known Use: 14th century
PRIVATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of privation for English Language Learners
: a lack or loss of the basic things that people need to live properly
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