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destitution

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

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

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Origin of destitution

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

OTHER WORDS FROM destitution

pre·des·ti·tu·tion, noun

Words nearby destitution

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Destitution is utter poverty or the lack of the means of subsistence. How does this noun compare to synonyms poverty and indigence? Learn more on Thesaurus.com.

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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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