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1550s, "dispossessed," past participle adjective from deprive. As a euphemism for the condition of children who lack a stable home life, by 1945.
deprive de·prive (dĭ-prīv')
v. de·prived, de·priv·ing, de·prives
To take something from someone or something.
To keep from possessing or enjoying something.