[ prahy-vey-shuhn ]
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  1. lack of the usual comforts or necessaries of life: His life of privation began to affect his health.

  2. an instance of this.

  1. the act of depriving.

  2. the state of being deprived.

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.

Other words for privation

Words Nearby privation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use privation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for privation


/ (praɪˈveɪʃən) /

  1. loss or lack of the necessities of life, such as food and shelter

  2. hardship resulting from this

  1. the state of being deprived

  2. logic obsolete the absence from an object of what ordinarily or naturally belongs to such objects

Origin of privation

C14: from Latin prīvātiō deprivation

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