verb (used with object), des·ti·tut·ed, des·ti·tut·ing.
Origin of destitute
Synonyms for destitute
Antonyms for destitute
Related Words for destitutessupplicant, down-and-out, bankrupt, beggar, dependent, have-not, mendicant, bum, insolvent, lazarus, destitute, indigent, down-and-outer
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.