without a home or without permanent housing: a homeless refugee.
Usually the homeless .Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. people who lack permanent housing or a fixed residence, collectively.
Nevertheless, the term homeless is easily understood and even preferred as a term of self-identification by many members of this community. The designation homeless is still widely used and only sometimes offensive or disparaging. However, one should be mindful of the negative connotation this word may have and the many unfortunate associations it has had with poverty, mental illness, substance abuse, or crime. The word should not be used as a euphemism for these other statuses and stigmatized conditions. Homeless should be used only in the strict denotative meaning, and alternative expressions that put the person first, like “an individual experiencing homelessness,” are often preferable.
- home·less·ly, adverb
- home·less·ness, noun
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How to use homeless in a sentence
That’s why activist Terence Lester is making sure the country’s homeless community has access to portable sinks.
State officials on Thursday revealed they have received three San Diego County applications from unspecified municipalities that hope to use state Project Homekey funds to buy hotels to house homeless people.Morning Report: The Supervisor Elevating Coronavirus Skepticism | Voice of San Diego | August 21, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Officials also announced that there will be a plan to bring some of the most vulnerable students – including those who are homeless – back to physical campus within the next several weeks.Morning Report: How the City Came to Lease a Lemon | Voice of San Diego | August 11, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The San Diego Housing Commission is officially pursuing state grant funds to try to buy hotels to house hundreds of homeless San Diegans.Sacramento Report: Bill Would Let City Attorney Collect More in Consumer Cases | Voice of San Diego | August 7, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
For months, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the Housing Commission have said they want to buy up hotels to help supply permanent homes for hundreds of homeless people now staying at the Convention Center shelter.Morning Report: The Seditious Language Law’s Origin Story | Voice of San Diego | August 5, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Her house in Donetsk, she says, has been taken over by rebels and her family is now all but homeless.
Mark Reay is a handsome model-turned-photographer who is homeless, living in a secret ‘nest’ on top of an apartment building.
Some of these young men are sex workers, homeless, and drug users.
Earlier this month the Vatican announced the installation of free showers for the homeless in public bathrooms in the city-state.Pope Bids Refugees to EU ‘Bienvenido’; Europe Says ‘Non’ | Candida Moss | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rome charities estimate that there are around 8,000 homeless people in Rome.Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor | Barbie Latza Nadeau | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is, perhaps, in this childish suffering often something more than the sense of being homeless and outcast.Children's Ways | James Sully
Pride forbade him to confess himself a homeless, penniless vagabond.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
The wise man depends on us for his roof and lodging; and without us he would be homeless.
Then she was a little, homeless, orphan girl who was "taken in out of charity" by Uncle Jabez.Ruth Fielding At College | Alice B. Emerson
But you must not think that she is a homeless child with a torn dress; she looks quite different.Maezli | Johanna Spyri
British Dictionary definitions for homeless
having nowhere to live
(as collective noun; preceded by the): the homeless
- homelessness, noun
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