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[prahy-vey-shuh n] /praɪˈveɪ ʃən/
lack of the usual comforts or necessaries of life:
His life of privation began to affect his health.
an instance of this.
the act of depriving.
the state of being deprived.
Origin of privation
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French privacion) < Latin prīvātiōn- (stem of prīvātiō) a taking away. See private, -ion
1. deprivation, want, need, distress. See hardship. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for privation
  • Four years is not a long enough time in which to forget the misery and privation which that strike brought about.
  • Please consider that solutions which begin with voluntary austerity devolve rapidly to enforced privation.
  • There she lived for a time a life of the utmost privation.
  • Its brief paragraphs comprise a record of heroic devotion to duty in the face of hardships and privation.
  • While temporary camps have been erected beyond the fire area, there is much privation.
  • They are all, of course, subjected to more of less privation.
  • Meanwhile, the bulk of his people suffer privation and myriad hardships.
  • The stench of sulfur bears within it poverty and privation.
  • The world of the shtetl was one of privation and miseries endured.
  • They came to depression years after enduring extreme privation.
British Dictionary definitions for privation


loss or lack of the necessities of life, such as food and shelter
hardship resulting from this
the state of being deprived
(logic, obsolete) the absence from an object of what ordinarily or naturally belongs to such objects
Word Origin
C14: from Latin prīvātiō deprivation
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Word Origin and History for privation

mid-14c., "action of depriving," from Old French privacion and directly from Latin privationem (nominative privatio) "a taking away," noun of action from past participle stem of privare "deprive" (see private (adj.)). Meaning "want of life's comforts or of some necessity" is attested from 1790.

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