- Poverty so extreme that one lacks the means to provide for oneself: the family faced eviction and destitutionMore example sentences
dire poverty, extreme poverty, poverty, impoverishment, insolvency, penury, pennilessness, impecuniousness, privation, indigence, ruin, ruination, pauperdom; hardship, neediness, need, want, reduced/straitened circumstances, dire straits, deprivation, disadvantage, distress, financial distress, difficulties; life on the breadline; beggary, mendicancy, vagrancy
- They are by far the largest group amongst the fifth of India's population who live in extreme poverty and destitution.
- If in two months stories of starvation and destitution continue to emerge out of Aceh, severe criticism will rain down on the government.
- More than two million other people from Darfur are in extreme destitution, immediately requiring aid.