[ prahy-vey-shuhn ]
/ praɪˈveɪ ʃən /
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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.



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Origin of privation

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

synonym study for privation

1. See hardship.
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British Dictionary definitions for privation

/ (praɪˈveɪʃən) /


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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