Definitions for destituteˈdɛs tɪˌtut, -ˌtyut

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

des•ti•tuteˈdɛs tɪˌtut, -ˌtyut(adj.; v.)-tut•ed, -tut•ing.

  1. (adj.)without means of subsistence; lacking food, clothing, and shelter.

  2. deprived of, devoid of, or lacking (often fol. by of):

    destitute of feeling.

  3. (v.t.)to leave destitute.

Origin of destitute:

1350–1400; ME < L dēstitūtus, ptp. of dēstituere to abandon, deprive of support =dē-de - + -stituere, comb. form of statuere to cause to stand


Princeton's WordNet

  1. destitute, impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken(adj)

    poor enough to need help from others

  2. barren, destitute, devoid, free, innocent(adj)

    completely wanting or lacking

    "writing barren of insight"; "young recruits destitute of experience"; "innocent of literary merit"; "the sentence was devoid of meaning"


  1. destitute(Adjective)

    Lacking something; devoid; especially lacking money; poor, impoverished, poverty-stricken.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Destitute(adj)

    forsaken; not having in possession (something necessary, or desirable); deficient; lacking; devoid; -- often followed by of

  2. Destitute(adj)

    not possessing the necessaries of life; in a condition of want; needy; without possessions or resources; very poor

  3. Destitute(verb)

    to leave destitute; to forsake; to abandon

  4. Destitute(verb)

    to make destitute; to cause to be in want; to deprive; -- followed by of

  5. Destitute(verb)

    to disappoint

Translations for destitute

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in great need of food, shelter etc

They were left destitute when he died.

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