destitution


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des·ti·tu·tion

 (dĕs′tĭ-to͞o′shən, -tyo͞o′-)
n.
1. Extreme want of resources or the means of subsistence; complete poverty.
2. A deprivation or lack; a deficiency.

destitution

(ˌdɛstɪˈtjuːʃən)
n
1. (Social Welfare) the state of being destitute; utter poverty
2. rare lack or deficiency

des•ti•tu•tion

(ˌdɛs tɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-)

n.
lack of the means of subsistence; utter poverty.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.destitution - a state without friends or money or prospects
impoverishment, poorness, poverty - the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions

destitution

noun pennilessness, want, distress, dire straits, privation, penury, neediness, beggary, indigence, pauperism, impecuniousness, utter poverty Equality will not relieve destitution but will spread it evenly.
riches, plenty, wealth, luxury, prosperity, good fortune, affluence, life of luxury

destitution

noun
Translations

destitution

[ˌdestɪˈtjuːʃən] Nindigencia f, miseria f

destitution

[ˌdɛstɪˈtjuːʃən] ndénuement m, indigence f

destitution

n(bittere) Not, Elend nt; (esp financial) → Mittellosigkeit f

destitution

[ˌdɛstɪˈtjuːʃn] n (frm) → indigenza
References in classic literature ?
In the majority of the shameful cases of disease and death from destitution, that shock the Public and disgrace the country, the illegality is quite equal to the inhumanity--and known language could say no more of their lawlessness.
The doctor, therefore, left it on the 17th of March, 1854, and fled to the frontier, where he remained for thirty-three days in the most abject destitution.
Each, moreover, was in an odd state of destitution.
Despite this destitution, the soldiers and officers went on living just as usual.
non--non--I am far from saying as much as THAT"--poor girl, her face declared a hundred times more than her tongue, that she was sincere--"I do not--CANNOT say I have no interest in one, who so generously overlooks my poverty, my utter destitution of all worldly greatness, and offers to share with me his fortune and his honorable position--"
He dwelt likewise upon the emptiness of his pockets, turned over the papers in his pocket-book, and convinced himself of the state of absolute destitution in which he was about to be plunged.
When Edgar, at the age of two years, was orphaned, the family was in the utmost destitution.
How was it possible to associate the charming object of my heart's worship with the miserable story of destitution which I had just heard?
Shorn of his graceful limbs, and brought down from his high estate to circumstances of utter destitution, and the deepest misery, he made shift to stump back to his old master, and beg for some relief.
Laurence was continually finding some touching case of destitution, and begging the Bhaers to take pity on the child, and he would gladly pay a trifle for its support.
What stage of human destitution, however, is too destitute for vanity
With that in your pocket you will run no risk of finding yourself in a state of absolute destitution, which, I know, you will regard as a degradation--so should I, for that matter.