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destitution

[des-ti-too-shuh n, -tyoo-] /ˌdɛs tɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-/
noun
1.
lack of the means of subsistence; utter poverty.
2.
deprivation, lack, or absence.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin dēstitūtiōn- (stem of dēstitūtiō) an abandoning, equivalent to dēstitūt(us) (see destitute) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
predestitution, noun
Antonyms
1. affluence.
Synonym Study
1. See poverty.
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British Dictionary definitions for destitution

destitution

/ˌdɛstɪˈtjuːʃən/
noun
1.
the state of being destitute; utter poverty
2.
(rare) lack or deficiency
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