privation

[prahy-vey-shuhn]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. private-line car,
  2. privateer,
  3. privateering,
  4. privateersman,
  5. privately,
  6. privatisation,
  7. privatism,
  8. privative,
  9. privatively,
  10. privatization

Origin of privation

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French privacion) < Latin prīvātiōn- (stem of prīvātiō) a taking away. See private, -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for privation

privation

noun

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 for privation

C14: from Latin prīvātiō deprivation

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Word Origin and History for privation

privation

n.

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.

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