Definition of privation in English:


Line breaks: pri¦va|tion
Pronunciation: /prʌɪˈveɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 2 formal The loss or absence of a quality or attribute that is normally present: cold is the privation of heat
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    • By arguing in such a way, Mr. Hart draws upon and restates, with verve and ornament, the classical Christian view that all evil is an absence, a privation of good.
    • Evil is merely privative, not absolute: it is like cold, which is the privation of heat.
    • It points to a privation of being, to the absence of moral, spiritual being, in Panurge.


Middle English: from Latin privatio(n-), from privat- 'deprived', from the verb privare (see private).

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