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privation

[prahy-vey-shuh n] /praɪˈveɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
lack of the usual comforts or necessaries of life:
His life of privation began to affect his health.
2.
an instance of this.
3.
the act of depriving.
4.
the state of being deprived.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French privacion) < Latin prīvātiōn- (stem of prīvātiō) a taking away. See private, -ion
Synonyms
1. deprivation, want, need, distress. See hardship.
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  • So don't you fool away any sympathy on the poor mariner's dangers and privations and sufferings.
  • His life was a continual vicissitude of crosses and privations, and of heavenly visits and caresses.
  • Thousands of years ago, tribes of human beings suffered great privations in the struggle to survive.
  • But the dangers and privations-on land or at sea-were all forgotten upon arrival at the goldfields.
  • She had shared with her husband all of the privations and dangers incidental to a soldier's life for three years.
  • And perhaps the privations were the same ones that the civilians were suffering, too.
British Dictionary definitions for privations

privation

/praɪˈveɪʃən/
noun
1.
loss or lack of the necessities of life, such as food and shelter
2.
hardship resulting from this
3.
the state of being deprived
4.
(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 privations

privation

n.

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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