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Definitions for destitution
ˌdɛs tɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-des·ti·tu·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. destitutionnoun

    a state without friends or money or prospects


  1. destitutionnoun

    The action of deserting or abandoning.

    Etymology: From destitution, from destitutionem, from destituere.

  2. destitutionnoun

    Discharge from office; dismissal.

    Etymology: From destitution, from destitutionem, from destituere.

  3. destitutionnoun

    The condition of lacking something.

    Etymology: From destitution, from destitutionem, from destituere.

  4. destitutionnoun

    An extreme state of poverty, in which a person is almost completely lacking in resources or means of support.

    Etymology: From destitution, from destitutionem, from destituere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Destitutionnoun

    the state of being deprived of anything; the state or condition of being destitute, needy, or without resources; deficiency; lack; extreme poverty; utter want; as, the inundation caused general destitution

    Etymology: [L. destitutio a forsaking.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of destitution in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of destitution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of destitution in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Conrad, Nostromo:

    There is no credulity so eager and blind as the credulity of covetness, which, in its universal extent, measures the moral misery and the intellectual destitution of mankind.

  2. David Manne:

    The reality is that refugees under Australia's care who are sent to Cambodia are likely in the long term to lead lives of danger, destitution and despair on the margins.

  3. Mother Teresa:

    Without out suffering, our work would just be social work, very good and helpful, but it would not be the work of Jesus Christ, not part of the Redemption. All the desolation of the poor people, not only their material poverty, but their spiritual destitution, must be redeemed. And we must share it, for only by being one with them can we redeem them by bringing God into their lives and bringing them to God.

  4. Cornelius Katona:

    Consideration also needs to be given to the challenges that asylum seekers face during what is often a prolonged and distressing process, these factors may include institutional detention, inability to work (and resultant deskilling and loss of self esteem), destitution and difficulty in accessing health and social care.

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    To cause to become
    • A. elate
    • B. render
    • C. embellish
    • D. summon

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