destitute

[Des┬Ěti*tute]

When you think of the word destitute, which means poor or lacking other necessities of life, think of someone who is in desperate straits. A very, very tight budget is poor. Living on the streets is destitute.

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Forsaken; not having in possession (something necessary, or desirable); deficient; lacking; devoid; -- often followed by of.

Adjective S.
poor enough to need help from others


a.
Forsaken; not having in possession (something necessary, or desirable); deficient; lacking; devoid; -- often followed by of.

a.
Not possessing the necessaries of life; in a condition of want; needy; without possessions or resources; very poor.

v. t.
To leave destitute; to forsake; to abandon.

v. t.
To make destitute; to cause to be in want; to deprive; -- followed by of.

v. t.
To disappoint.


Destitute

Des"ti*tute , a. [L. destitutus, p. p. of destituere to set away, leave alone, forsake; de + statuere to set. See Statute.] 1. Forsaken; not having in possession (something necessary, or desirable); deficient; lacking; devoid; -- often followed by of.
In thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.
Totally destitute of all shadow of influence.
2. Not possessing the necessaries of life; in a condition of want; needy; without possessions or resources; very poor.
They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented.

Destitute

Des"ti*tute, v. t. 1. To leave destitute; to forsake; to abandon. [Obs.]
To forsake or destitute a plantation.
2. To make destitute; to cause to be in want; to deprive; -- followed by of. [Obs.]
Destituted of all honor and livings.
3. To disappoint. [Obs.]
When his expectation is destituted.

Forsaken; not having in possession (something necessary, or desirable); deficient; lacking; devoid; -- often followed by of.

To leave destitute; to forsake; to abandon.

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Usage Examples

Paul Farmer has helped to build amazing health care system in one of the poorest areas of Haiti. He founded Partners in Health, which serves the destitute and the sick in many parts of the world from Haiti to Boston and from Russia to Peru.

The cottage garden most for use designed, Yet not of beauty destitute.

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Other Usage Examples

It is also rarer to find happiness in a man surrounded by the miracles of technology than among people living in the desert of the jungle and who by the standards set by our society would be considered destitute and out of touch.

Civil and political rights are critical, but not often the real problem for the destitute sick. My patients in Haiti can now vote but they can't get medical care or clean water.

Friendless. Having no favors to bestow. Destitute of fortune. Addicted to utterance of truth and common sense.

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