- to remove or withhold something from the enjoyment or possession of (a person or persons): to deprive a man of life; to deprive a baby of candy.
- to remove from ecclesiastical office.
Origin of deprive
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And this deprival of rights is done in the name of law and patriotism.The Great Steel Strike and its Lessons
William Z. Foster
The second thing to be avoided is, the deprival of the men of their just right to manage their own affairs.The Letters of Charles Dickens
The court upheld the publicans and declared that the deprival of the licences was illegal.Sober by Act of Parliament
Fred A. McKenzie
- (foll by of) to prevent from possessing or enjoying; dispossess (of)
- archaic to remove from rank or office; depose; demote
Word Origin for deprive
- To take something from someone or something.
- To keep from possessing or enjoying something.