verb (used with object), des·ti·tut·ed, des·ti·tut·ing.
Origin of destitute
Examples from the Web for destitute
What happened to the Christian concern to “love the least of these,” the most vulnerable, the most destitute?
And by 1918 much of Central and Eastern Europe was starving and destitute.
From the American Dust Bowl, thousands of destitute farm families stream westward.Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father|Adam Hochschild|June 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Six months later, she was in love, pregnant, and, as her furious parents cut her off, destitute.
Nation building in a country as destitute and decentralized as Afghanistan, he argued, was hopeless.How Biden’s Win on Afghanistan Policy Has Shaped Obama’s Arab Approach|Peter Beinart|August 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Thousands of the most beautiful women are destitute of common sense and common humanity.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women|George Sumner Weaver
Why would your God people a world, knowing that it would be destitute of benevolence for four thousand years?The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
A family of destitute children, the eldest not yet sixteen, the youngest a dumb girl.Nobody's Boy|Hector Malot
Such an objection, therefore, as has been now stated, is evidently not destitute of strength.
The country is barren deserts, destitute of grass, and covered with wild sage.Journal of a Trip to California by the Overland Route Across the Plains in 1850-51|E. S. (Eleazer Stillman) Ingalls
Word Origin for destitute
late 14c., "abandoned, forsaken," from Latin destitutus "abandoned," past participle of destituere "forsake," from de- "away" + statuere "put, place," causative of stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Originally literal; sense of "lacking resources, impoverished" is 1530s.