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Synonyms of destitute in English:


  • 1 her parents died and she was left destitute
    penniless, impoverished, poverty-stricken, poor, impecunious, indigent, down and out, pauperized, without a penny to one's name, without two farthings/pennies to rub together;
    insolvent, ruined;
    needy, in need, in want, hard up, on the breadline, hard-pressed, in reduced/straitened circumstances, deprived, disadvantaged, distressed, badly off;
    informal on one's uppers, up against it, broke, flat broke, strapped (for cash), without a brass farthing, without a bean, without a sou, as poor as a church mouse, on one's beam-ends
    British informal stony broke, skint, boracic (lint)
    North American informal stone broke, without a red cent, on skid row
    formal penurious
    [Antonyms] rich
  • 2 we were destitute of clothing
    devoid, bereft, deprived, in need;
    bankrupt, empty, drained, exhausted, depleted, bare, denuded;
    lacking, without, deficient in, wanting
    informal sans
    [Antonyms] well provided with
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