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destitute

[des-ti-toot, -tyoot] /ˈdɛs tɪˌtut, -ˌtyut/
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
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
Related forms
destitutely, adverb
destituteness, noun
predestitute, adjective
undestitute, adjective
Synonyms
1. needy, poor, indigent, necessitous, penniless, impoverished. 2. deficient.
Antonyms
1. affluent.
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destitute

/ˈdɛstɪˌtjuːt/
adjective
1.
lacking the means of subsistence; totally impoverished
2.
(postpositive) foll by of. completely lacking; deprived or bereft (of) destitute of words
3.
(obsolete) abandoned or deserted
Derived Forms
destituteness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dēstitūtus forsaken, from dēstituere to leave alone, from statuere to place
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Word Origin and History for un destitute
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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