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destitute

[ des-ti-toot, -tyoot ]
/ 藞d蓻s t瑟藢tut, -藢tyut /
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adjective
without means of subsistence; lacking food, clothing, and shelter.
deprived of, devoid of, or lacking (often followed by of): destitute of children.
verb (used with object), des路ti路tut路ed, des路ti路tut路ing.
to leave destitute.
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Origin of destitute

1350鈥1400; Middle English <Latin d膿stit奴tus (past participle of d膿stituere to abandon, deprive of support), equivalent to d膿-de- + stit- place, put (combining form of statuere;see statute) + -奴- thematic vowel + -tus past participle suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM destitute

des路ti路tute路ly, adverbdes路ti路tute路ness, nounpre路des路ti路tute, adjectiveun路des路ti路tute, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for destitute

destitute
/ (藞d蓻st瑟藢tju藧t) /

adjective
lacking the means of subsistence; totally impoverished
(postpositive foll by of) completely lacking; deprived or bereft (of)destitute of words
obsolete abandoned or deserted

Derived forms of destitute

destituteness, noun

Word Origin for destitute

C14: from Latin d膿stit奴tus forsaken, from d膿stituere to leave alone, from statuere to place
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