pri·​va·​tion prī-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce privation (audio)
: an act or instance of depriving : deprivation
: 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 on the Web Parental regret springs from a range of origins, not all having to do with privation of choice or means. R. O. Kwon, TIME, 22 Apr. 2024 Life, fertility, and abundance—even amid the privations of the dry season. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Apr. 2024 The privations are often treated with the nation’s trademark humor. David McKenzie, CNN, 28 Mar. 2024 Aid groups have said stopping the war is ultimately the only way to help ease the privation in Gaza. Anushka Patil, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for privation 

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Word History


Middle English privacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin privation-, privatio, from privare to deprive

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of privation was in the 14th century

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“Privation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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pri·​va·​tion prī-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce privation (audio)
: the state of being deprived

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