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
Life spent hunting and gathering, while occasionally trying, was not a tale of constant toil and privation.
And that isolation and privation has taken a tremendous toll on the people of Clyde River, especially the youngest—suicide rates in Nunavut are 10 times higher than in Canada as a whole.
For Russians, the end meant humiliation, privation and an era of lawlessness.
Her explosive and enraged character owed a lot to a life filled with privations, which was prolonged by having children.
But online calls for street protests achieved a meager response, likely a sign of how Egyptians have become fatigued by recent years’ instability, cowed by security crackdowns and consumed with economic privations.
Here, where both land and life are flat, the privations of rural teenage existence yield wild and elemental bewitchments.
For years, Dudamel has attempted to remain above politics, despite dramatically intensifying poverty and privations in his home country under the regime of Nicolás Maduro.
But some combination of factors — Meyerbeer’s religion, the privations of Wagner’s exile from Germany after a leftist uprising, Wagner’s need to reject an artistic father figure — turned the younger man.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'privation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of privation
Middle English privacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin privation-, privatio, from privare to deprive
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up privation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).