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destitution

Line breaks: des¦ti|tu¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌdɛstɪˈtʃuːʃn, ˌdɛstɪˈtjuːʃn
 
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Definition of destitution in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Poverty so extreme that one lacks the means to provide for oneself: the family faced eviction and destitution
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
hardship, neediness, need, want, reduced/straitened circumstances, dire straits, deprivation, disadvantage, distress, financial distress, difficulties;
life on the breadline;
beggary, mendicancy, vagrancy

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