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. He then managed to get back to Kano in November, thence to Kouka, where he resumed Denham's route after four months' delay.
Each, moreover, was in an odd state of destitution. Not one could bear his share of the fine; not one but evinced a wonderful twinkle of hope that each of the others (in succession) was the very man who could step in to make good the deficit.
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. Apparently the future poet was to be cast upon the world homeless and friendless.
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.
In protracted expectation of the weather clearing up, the last evening paper from London was read and re-read with an intensity of interest only known in cases of extreme destitution; every inch of the carpet was walked over with similar perseverance; the windows were looked out of, often enough to justify the imposition of an additional duty upon them; all kinds of topics of conversation were started, and failed; and at length Mr.
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!