Definitions of destitution

  1. The state of being deprived of anything; the state or condition of being destitute, needy, or without resources; deficiency; lack; extreme poverty; utter want; as, the inundation caused general destitution. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Extreme poverty; want; lack. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. Utter want; extreme poverty. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. Destituteness; want; poverty; deprivation. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. Utter want; poverty. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for destitution

  1. And, comprehending all their need- their moral as well as their physical destitution he might exclaim, as describing the most pitiable spectacle of all-" The young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them." – Humanity in the City by E. H. Chapin
  2. He tells the story of an insurrection among the negro labourers, and complains of the spiritual destitution of his adopted land. – History of the Incas by Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa