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[prahy-vey-shuh n] /praɪˈveɪ ʃən/
lack of the usual comforts or necessaries of life:
His life of privation began to affect his health.
an instance of this.
the act of depriving.
the state of being deprived.
Origin of privation
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French privacion) < Latin prīvātiōn- (stem of prīvātiō) a taking away. See private, -ion
1. deprivation, want, need, distress. See hardship. Unabridged
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  • We went on a short allowance; and suffered a good deal by the privation.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • They must, therefore, be protected from any privation whatever, independently of anything that I may do.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • How pitiable are their physical conditions, their privation and distress of body!

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • It was not the dread of failure and privation which troubled him.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • To this privation submarine warfare has contributed materially.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • Present privation was to have had its recompense—at least we thought so.'

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • In fact, if any man's external could proclaim want and privation, his did.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • What a strange life of privation, thought I, alone and companionless as he must be!

British Dictionary definitions for privation


loss or lack of the necessities of life, such as food and shelter
hardship resulting from this
the state of being deprived
(logic, obsolete) the absence from an object of what ordinarily or naturally belongs to such objects
Word Origin
C14: from Latin prīvātiō deprivation
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Word Origin and History for privation

mid-14c., "action of depriving," from Old French privacion and directly from Latin privationem (nominative privatio) "a taking away," noun of action from past participle stem of privare "deprive" (see private (adj.)). Meaning "want of life's comforts or of some necessity" is attested from 1790.

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