- lack of the usual comforts or necessaries of life: His life of privation began to affect his health.
- an instance of this.
- the act of depriving.
- the state of being deprived.
Origin of privation
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Examples from the Web for privation
Possible redemption comes in the form of Orlando (Jeremy Renner), a magician determined to save Ewa from a live of privation.Cannes Diary: James Gray’s ‘The Immigrant,’ Starring Marion Cotillard, Shines
May 25, 2013
We had escaped gloom and privation and would wake up in a place where food and warmth were available down the street.A ‘Blue Velvet’ Christmas in Paris
December 24, 2012
We went on a short allowance; and suffered a good deal by the privation.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
They must, therefore, be protected from any privation whatever, independently of anything that I may do.Freeland
How pitiable are their physical conditions, their privation and distress of body!Murder Point
It was not the dread of failure and privation which troubled him.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
To this privation submarine warfare has contributed materially.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
- loss or lack of the necessities of life, such as food and shelter
- hardship resulting from this
- the state of being deprived
- logic obsolete the absence from an object of what ordinarily or naturally belongs to such objects
Word Origin and History for privation
mid-14c., "action of depriving," from Old French privacion and directly from Latin privationem (nominative privatio) "a taking away," noun of action from past participle stem of privare "deprive" (see private (adj.)). Meaning "want of life's comforts or of some necessity" is attested from 1790.