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homeless

[hohm-lis] /ˈhoʊm lɪs/
adjective
1.
without a home:
a homeless child.
noun, (used with a plural verb)
2.
the homeless, persons who lack permanent housing.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15
Related forms
homelessly, adverb
homelessness, noun
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  • Though the country is rich in natural gas, unemployment and homelessness are common.
  • Throughout time, the cultivation of a beard has conveyed everything from wisdom and virility to homelessness and insanity.
  • But it is well established that being a veteran is a risk factor for homelessness.
  • They have come across many adjuncts living in poverty, some of them homeless or on the verge of homelessness.
  • Jobless, penniless and on the brink of homelessness.
  • If she were on the brink of homelessness desperate measures would be necessary, but that's not the situation.
  • They wrung their hands over the economic crisis and my potential homelessness and starvation.
  • Today homelessness is affecting a growing share of families with children too.
  • Foreclosures and job losses have caused people to move, and homelessness is up.
  • It should be no surprise that ex-inmates have high rates of unemployment and homelessness.
British Dictionary definitions for homelessness

homeless

/ˈhəʊmlɪs/
adjective
1.
  1. having nowhere to live
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the homeless
Derived Forms
homelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for homelessness
n.

1814, from homeless + -ness.

homeless

adj.

1610s, from home (n.) + -less. Old English had hamleas, but the modern word probably is a new formation. As a noun meaning "homeless persons," by 1857.

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