marked by deprivation; lacking the necessities of life, as adequate food and shelter: a deprived childhood.

Nearby words

  1. depressurize,
  2. depretis,
  3. deprivation,
  4. deprivative,
  5. deprive,
  6. deprofessionalize,
  7. deprogram,
  8. deprogramme,
  9. depside,
  10. dept

Origin of deprived

First recorded in 1545–55; deprive + -ed2

Related formsself-de·prived, adjectiveun·de·prived, adjective

Can be confuseddepraved deprived



verb (used with object), de·prived, de·priv·ing.

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

1275–1325; Middle English depriven < Anglo-French, Old French depriver < Medieval Latin dēprīvāre, equivalent to Latin dē- de- + prīvāre to deprive (prīv(us) private + -āre infinitive suffix)

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British Dictionary definitions for deprived



lacking adequate food, shelter, education, etcdeprived inner-city areas


verb (tr)

(foll by of) to prevent from possessing or enjoying; dispossess (of)
archaic to remove from rank or office; depose; demote
Derived Formsdeprivable, adjectivedeprival, noundepriver, noun

Word Origin for deprive

C14: from Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin dēprīvāre, from Latin de- + prīvāre to deprive of, rob; see private

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Word Origin and History for deprived
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Medicine definitions for deprived




To take something from someone or something.
To keep from possessing or enjoying something.

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