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  1. marked by deprivation; lacking the necessities of life, as adequate food and shelter: a deprived childhood.
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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.
  1. 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.
  2. to remove from ecclesiastical office.
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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)
Related formsde·priv·a·ble, adjectivede·priv·al, nounde·priv·a·tive [dih-priv-uh-tiv] /dɪˈprɪv ə tɪv/, adjectivede·priv·er, nounnon·de·priv·a·ble, adjectivepre·de·prive, verb (used with object), pre·de·prived, pre·de·priv·ing.self-de·priv·ing, adjective


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  1. lacking adequate food, shelter, education, etcdeprived inner-city areas
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verb (tr)
  1. (foll by of) to prevent from possessing or enjoying; dispossess (of)
  2. archaic to remove from rank or office; depose; demote
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Derived Formsdeprivable, adjectivedeprival, noundepriver, noun

Word Origin

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


1550s, "dispossessed," past participle adjective from deprive. As a euphemism for the condition of children who lack a stable home life, by 1945.

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mid-14c., from Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin deprivare, from Latin de- "entirely" (see de-) + privare "release from" (see private). Replaced Old English bedælan. Related: Deprived; depriving.

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deprived in Medicine


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