[ des-ti-toot, -tyoot ]
/ ˈdɛs tɪˌtut, -ˌtyut /
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.
Origin of destitute
SYNONYMS FOR destitute
Related formsdes·ti·tute·ly, adverbdes·ti·tute·ness, nounpre·des·ti·tute, adjectiveun·des·ti·tute, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for destitutes
/ (ˈdɛstɪˌtjuːt) /
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 Formsdestituteness, noun
Word Origin for destitute
C14: from Latin dēstitūtus forsaken, from dēstituere to leave alone, from statuere to place
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