destitution

[ des-ti-too-shuhn, -tyoo- ]
/ ˌdɛs tɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu- /

noun

lack of the means of subsistence; utter poverty.
deprivation, lack, or absence.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. destination,
  2. destine,
  3. destined,
  4. destiny,
  5. destitute,
  6. destock,
  7. destool,
  8. destrier,
  9. destroy,
  10. destroyer

Origin of destitution

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin dēstitūtiōn- (stem of dēstitūtiō) an abandoning, equivalent to dēstitūt(us) (see destitute) + -iōn- -ion

Related formspre·des·ti·tu·tion, noun

Synonym study

1. See poverty.

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British Dictionary definitions for destitution

destitution

/ (ˌdɛstɪˈtjuːʃən) /

noun

the state of being destitute; utter poverty
rare lack or deficiency
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Word Origin and History for destitution

destitution

n.

early 15c., from Old French destitution and directly from Latin destitutionem (nominative destitutio) "a forsaking, deserting," from destitutus, past participle of destituere (see destitute).

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