destitution

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

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
Related formspre·des·ti·tu·tion, noun

Synonym study

1. See poverty.
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destitution

/ (ˌdɛstɪˈtjuːʃən) /

noun

the state of being destitute; utter poverty
rare lack or deficiency

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