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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 of homeless
1605-1615
1605-15
Related forms
homelessly, adverb
homelessness, noun
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  • Set in a paradox it would read: The abolition of property will free the people from homelessness and non-possession.

  • But even in the groups where there was no hustle there was often something of homelessness.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • At least, you are not pained with sympathy for homelessness in the case of a man so richly endowed.

    Brave Men and Women O.E. Fuller
  • “Only my frail life between my children and homelessness,” he had said.

    Janet's Love and Service Margaret M Robertson
  • And the penalty of her refusal was not merely poverty and homelessness.

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
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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