- without means of subsistence; lacking food, clothing, and shelter.
- deprived of, devoid of, or lacking (often followed by of): destitute of children.
- to leave destitute.
Origin of destitute
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Examples from the Web for destitute
What happened to the Christian concern to “love the least of these,” the most vulnerable, the most destitute?Dear Evangelicals: You’re Being Had
November 30, 2014
And by 1918 much of Central and Eastern Europe was starving and destitute.How WWI Produced the Holocaust
November 21, 2014
From the American Dust Bowl, thousands of destitute farm families stream westward.Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father
June 14, 2014
Six months later, she was in love, pregnant, and, as her furious parents cut her off, destitute.It’s Complicated For Cutie & the Boxer
February 5, 2014
Nation building in a country as destitute and decentralized as Afghanistan, he argued, was hopeless.How Biden’s Win on Afghanistan Policy Has Shaped Obama’s Arab Approach
August 21, 2013
Gosse found the country generally poor and destitute of water.
He found the district to the north to be a dreary waste, destitute of food and water.
Do you think me destitute of every honest, every natural feeling?Lady Susan
Remember the interpositions of God to supply the necessities of the destitute.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
His eyes travelled over her hands and neck, destitute of ornaments.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- lacking the means of subsistence; totally impoverished
- (postpositive foll by of) completely lacking; deprived or bereft (of)destitute of words
- obsolete abandoned or deserted
Word Origin and History for destitute
late 14c., "abandoned, forsaken," from Latin destitutus "abandoned," past participle of destituere "forsake," from de- "away" + statuere "put, place," causative of stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Originally literal; sense of "lacking resources, impoverished" is 1530s.