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destitute

[ des-ti-toot, -tyoot ]
/ ˈdɛs tɪˌtut, -ˌtyut /
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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·ti·tut·ed, des·ti·tut·ing.

to leave destitute.

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Origin of destitute

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin dēstitūtus (past participle of dēstituere to abandon, deprive of support), equivalent to dē-de- + stit- place, put (combining form of statuere;see statute) + -ū- thematic vowel + -tus past participle suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM destitute

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

destitute
/ (ˈdɛstɪˌtjuːt) /

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 dēstitūtus forsaken, from dēstituere to leave alone, from statuere to place
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