pre-destitute

destitute

[des-ti-toot, -tyoot]
adjective
1.
without means of subsistence; lacking food, clothing, and shelter.
2.
deprived of, devoid of, or lacking (often followed by of ): destitute of children.
verb (used with object), destituted, destituting.
3.
to leave destitute.

Origin:
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.
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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]
 
'destituteness
 
n

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destitute
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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