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[dih-prahyvd] /dɪˈpraɪvd/
marked by deprivation; lacking the necessities of life, as adequate food and shelter:
a deprived childhood.
Origin of deprived
1545-55; deprive + -ed2
Related forms
self-deprived, adjective
undeprived, adjective
Can be confused
depraved, deprived.


[dih-prahyv] /dɪˈpraɪv/
verb (used with object), deprived, depriving.
to remove or withhold something from the enjoyment or possession of (a person or persons):
to deprive a man of life; to deprive a baby of candy.
to remove from ecclesiastical office.
1275-1325; Middle English depriven < Anglo-French, Old French depriver < Medieval Latin dēprīvāre, equivalent to Latin dē- de- + prīvāre to deprive (prīv(us) private + -āre infinitive suffix)
Related forms
deprivable, adjective
deprival, noun
[dih-priv-uh-tiv] /dɪˈprɪv ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
depriver, noun
nondeprivable, adjective
predeprive, verb (used with object), predeprived, predepriving.
self-depriving, adjective
1. See strip1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deprived
  • The oxygen-deprived environment helped preserve its carcass for thousands of years, until it could yield its secrets to us.
  • Two boys, one privileged and one deprived, examine the true sense of fortune.
  • Lee took plenty of pictures in pietown of the deprived living conditions; he showed how hard it all was.
  • When sleep-deprived, people consume almost 300 calories a day more than when they are well-rested.
  • Envy grows in the deprived and in those who consider themselves deprived.
  • First, as noted, these dry valleys may mimic similar environments on moisture-deprived Mars and other planets.
  • My children are beneficiaries, and I do not consider myself to be particularly deprived.
  • When a cell starts getting too hot, too hungry or too oxygen-deprived, certain proteins migrate into the nucleus.
  • This is compounded when its week 12 and I'm sleep-deprived.
  • The humanities feel financially deprived in comparison to the sciences.
British Dictionary definitions for deprived


lacking adequate food, shelter, education, etc: deprived inner-city areas


verb (transitive)
(foll by of) to prevent from possessing or enjoying; dispossess (of)
(archaic) to remove from rank or office; depose; demote
Derived Forms
deprivable, adjective
deprival, noun
depriver, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin dēprīvāre, from Latin de- + prīvāre to deprive of, rob; see private
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Word Origin and History for deprived

1550s, "dispossessed," past participle adjective from deprive. As a euphemism for the condition of children who lack a stable home life, by 1945.



mid-14c., from Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin deprivare, from Latin de- "entirely" (see de-) + privare "release from" (see private). Replaced Old English bedælan. Related: Deprived; depriving.

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deprived in Medicine

deprive de·prive (dĭ-prīv')
v. de·prived, de·priv·ing, de·prives

  1. To take something from someone or something.

  2. To keep from possessing or enjoying something.

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