What does destitute mean?

Definitions for destitute
ˈdɛs tɪˌtut, -ˌtyutdes·ti·tute

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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"

Wiktionary

  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

    Etymology: [L. destitutus, p. p. of destituere to set away, leave alone, forsake; de + statuere to set. See Statute.]

  2. Destitute(adj)

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

    Etymology: [L. destitutus, p. p. of destituere to set away, leave alone, forsake; de + statuere to set. See Statute.]

  3. Destitute(verb)

    to leave destitute; to forsake; to abandon

    Etymology: [L. destitutus, p. p. of destituere to set away, leave alone, forsake; de + statuere to set. See Statute.]

  4. Destitute(verb)

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

    Etymology: [L. destitutus, p. p. of destituere to set away, leave alone, forsake; de + statuere to set. See Statute.]

  5. Destitute(verb)

    to disappoint

    Etymology: [L. destitutus, p. p. of destituere to set away, leave alone, forsake; de + statuere to set. See Statute.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Destitute

    des′ti-tūt, adj. left alone: forsaken: in want, needy—v.t. to forsake: to deprive.—n. Destitu′tion, the state of being destitute: deprivation of office: poverty. [L. destituĕre, -ūtumde, away, and statuĕre, to place.]

Editors Contribution

  1. destitute

    without resources or possessions, especially the necessities of life

    "the charity cares for destitute children"

    Submitted by Agent_Jax on September 20, 2018  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of destitute in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of destitute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of destitute in a Sentence

  1. Charles Dickens:

    'At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge,' said the gentleman, taking up a pen, 'it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. ... We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.'

  2. Thomas Paine:

    The peaceable part of mankind will be continually overrun by the vile and abandoned while they neglect the means of self-defense. The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like laws discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside... Horrid mischief would ensue were (the good) deprived of the use of them ... the weak will become a prey to the strong.

  3. Gordon Chang:

    They do this because administrations in the past have let them—this is not a story about North Korea or China—this is a story about the failure of American policy makers to protect the American people, we are the most powerful nation in history and are constantly outwitted by one that is the most destitute on the earth.

  4. Isabella Castragiovanni:

    Lack of access to even basic livelihood opportunities and diminished access to food and other assistance will make these families even more vulnerable and destitute and children will certainly become even more at risk, ...we shouldn't leave millions of children not only without hope, but without basic means to survive.

  5. Dan Sherman:

    Research shows that financial distress is [at least] equal to the fear of dying from the disease, some who are diagnosed with cancer do everything they possibly can, and go through a lot of [financial] resources. Others try to keep their families from becoming destitute.

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