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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 predestitution

destitution

/ˌdɛstɪˈtjuːʃən/
noun
1.
the state of being destitute; utter poverty
2.
(rare) lack or deficiency
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Word Origin and History for predestitution

destitution

n.

early 15c., from Old French destitution and directly from Latin destitutionem (nominative destitutio) "a forsaking, deserting," from destitutus, past participle of destituere (see destitute).

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