- without means of subsistence; lacking food, clothing, and shelter.
- deprived of, devoid of, or lacking (often followed by of): destitute of children.
- to leave destitute.
Origin of destitute
Synonyms for destitute
Antonyms for destitute
Examples from the Web for destituted
Historical Examples of destituted
But the destituted man said, sailor or no sailor,—bos'en be hanged!The Amazing Marriage, Complete
- lacking the means of subsistence; totally impoverished
- (postpositive foll by of) completely lacking; deprived or bereft (of)destitute of words
- obsolete abandoned or deserted
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.