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[uhn-der-priv-uh-lijd, -priv-lijd]
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  1. denied the enjoyment of the normal privileges or rights of a society because of low economic and social status.
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Origin of underprivileged

First recorded in 1920–25; under- + privileged

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Related Words for underprivileged

handicapped, needy, deprived, disadvantaged, depressed, impoverished, destitute, indigent, hapless, ill-fated, unfortunate, unlucky, have-not, ill-starred

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British Dictionary definitions for underprivileged


  1. lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society; deprived
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Word Origin and History for underprivileged


1896, from under + past participle of privilege (v.). Noun use is attested from 1935.

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