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des·ti·tute

 (dĕs′tĭ-to͞ot′, -tyo͞ot′)
adj.
1. Lacking resources or the means of subsistence; completely impoverished.
2. Utterly lacking; devoid: Young recruits destitute of any experience.

[Middle English, from Latin dēstitūtus, past participle of dēstituere, to abandon : dē-, de- + statuere, to set; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

des′ti·tute′ness n.

destitute

(ˈdɛstɪˌtjuːt)
adj
1. (Social Welfare) lacking the means of subsistence; totally impoverished
2. (foll by: of) completely lacking; deprived or bereft (of): destitute of words.
3. obsolete abandoned or deserted
[C14: from Latin dēstitūtus forsaken, from dēstituere to leave alone, from statuere to place]
ˈdestiˌtuteness n

des•ti•tute

(ˈdɛs tɪˌtut, -ˌtyut)

adj., v. -tut•ed, -tut•ing. adj.
1. without means of subsistence; lacking food, clothing, and shelter.
2. deprived of, devoid of, or lacking (often fol. by of): destitute of feeling.
v.t.
3. to leave destitute.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin dēstitūtus, past participle of dēstituere to abandon, deprive of support =dē- de- + -stituere, comb. form of statuere to cause to stand]
des′ti•tute`ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.destitute - poor enough to need help from others
poor - having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"
2.destitute - completely wanting or lacking; "writing barren of insight"; "young recruits destitute of experience"; "innocent of literary merit"; "the sentence was devoid of meaning"
nonexistent - not having existence or being or actuality; "chimeras are nonexistent"

destitute

adjective penniless, poor, impoverished, distressed, needy, on the rocks, insolvent, poverty-stricken, down and out, indigent, impecunious, dirt-poor (informal), on the breadline (informal), flat broke (informal), short, penurious, on your uppers, necessitous, in queer street (informal), moneyless, without two pennies to rub together (informal) destitute children who live on the streets
destitute of lacking, wanting, without, in need of, deprived of, devoid of, bereft of, empty of, drained of, deficient in, depleted in a country destitute of natural resources

destitute

adjective
1. Not having a desirable element:
Idiom: in want of.
Translations
مُعْوِز، مُعْدِم، خالي الوِفاض
bez prostředkůstrádající
forarmet
blásnauîur
be lėšųskurstantis
nabadzīgstrūcīgs
bez prostriedkov

destitute

[ˈdestɪtjuːt] ADJ
1. (= poverty-stricken) → indigente
to be (utterly) destituteestar en la (más absoluta) miseria
2. (= lacking) destitute ofdesprovisto de

destitute

[ˈdɛstɪtjuːt]
adj
(= poor) [person] → misérable, dans la misère
to be left destitute → être plongé(e) dans la misère
destitute of (= lacking) → dépourvu(e) de, dénué(e) de
npl
the destitute → les indigents mpl

destitute

adj
(= poverty-stricken)mittellos; to be utterly destitutebettelarm sein
(= lacking)bar (→ of +gen)
n the destitute pldie Mittellosen, die, die im Elend leben

destitute

[ˈdɛstɪˌtjuːt] adj (frm) → indigente
utterly destitute → ridotto/a in miseria
destitute of → privo/a di

destitute

(ˈdestitjuːt) adjective
in great need of food, shelter etc. They were left destitute when he died.
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.