[des-ti-toot, -tyoot]
without means of subsistence; lacking food, clothing, and shelter.
deprived of, devoid of, or lacking (often followed by of ): destitute of children.
verb (used with object), destituted, destituting.
to leave destitute.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin dēstitūtus (past participle of dēstituere to abandon, deprive of support), equivalent to dē- de- + stit- place, put (combining form of statuere; see statute) + -ū- thematic vowel + -tus past participle suffix

destitutely, adverb
destituteness, noun
predestitute, adjective
undestitute, adjective

1. needy, poor, indigent, necessitous, penniless, impoverished. 2. deficient.

1. affluent. Unabridged
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destitute (ˈdɛstɪˌtjuːt)
adj (foll by of)
1.  lacking the means of subsistence; totally impoverished
2.  completely lacking; deprived or bereft (of): destitute of words
3.  obsolete abandoned or deserted
[C14: from Latin dēstitūtus forsaken, from dēstituere to leave alone, from statuere to place]

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Word Origin & History

c.1382, from L. destitutus "abandoned," pp. of destituere "forsake," from de- "away" + statuere "put, place," caus. of stare "to stand," from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Originally literal; sense of "lacking resources, impoverished" is c.1540.
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Example sentences
Right now, they happen to be far more dangerous to the stability of society
  than the one in seven Americans who are destitute.
He helped humanize the destitute and destigmatize mental illness.
Their households cannot bear the risk of a loan, and so they remain destitute.
Loans are seldom the most appropriate service for the destitute.
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