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Word of the Day
Thursday, September 13, 2001

Definitions for privation

  1. An act or instance of depriving.
  2. The state of being deprived of something, especially of something required or desired; destitution; need.

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Citations for privation
The late Georges Bernanos complained that the isolated labor of writing deprived novelists of essential human contacts. This is, indeed, a bitter and painful privation, even if it is in some instances a temperamental preference of novelists. Saul Bellow, New York Times
The Carsons were more often poor than of modest means, and this privation shaped Rachel's opportunities and her personality from the outset. Linda Lear, Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature
Origin of privation
Privation derives from Latin privatio, from privatus, past participle of privare, "to strip, to deprive of," originally, "to separate from, to put aside, to exempt," from privus, "single, private."