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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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  • It was plain that she was, whether from fatigue and privation alone, or from illness also, in a helpless state.

    The Bright Face of Danger Robert Neilson Stephens
  • We went on a short allowance; and suffered a good deal by the privation.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • He had been well reared, with fine and delicate tastes, and accustomed to money; and privation was very bitter to him.

    Home Life of Great Authors Hattie Tyng Griswold
  • It was not the dread of failure and privation which troubled him.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Saturn produces death by privation and obstructions, by chills and colds.

    Astrology Sepharial
  • I had been accustomed from the beginning to dryness and privation.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
  • A very singular place, and if we could get home safe at last, it would be worth a little trouble and privation to have seen it.

  • No privation was too great, no work too unaccustomed for them to undergo.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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