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deprivation Syllabification: dep·ri·va·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌdeprəˈvāSH(ə)n/

Definition of deprivation in English:


1The damaging lack of material benefits considered to be basic necessities in a society: low wages mean that 3.75 million people suffer serious deprivation rural households could escape the worst deprivations of the towns
More example sentences
  • For eight years the accused knew hardship, but their ills largely went beyond deprivations of a material order.
  • Consequently, I have the utmost respect for all those who served in the war and suffered its deprivations.
  • Some may have suffered the deprivations, or fought in the Second World War.
straitened circumstances
1.1The lack or denial of something considered to be a necessity: sleep deprivation
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  • A combination of severe resource deprivation and military conservatism inhibited the army from developing a modern force.
  • Nutrition deprivation also works wonders on making people more open to suggestion.
  • A fast is food deprivation for a set amount of time, and no one is supposed to die.
dispossession, withholding, withdrawal, removal, divestment, expropriation, seizure, confiscation;
denial, forfeiture, loss;
absence, lack
1.2 archaic The action of depriving someone of office, especially an ecclesiastical office.
Example sentences
  • Cornelius was put to the torture and on August 19 sentenced to deprivation of his offices and banishment.
  • In 1619 he narrowly escaped deprivation of his office for not taking the sacrament in conformity to the five articles of Perth.
  • The suspension of his pay and subsistence was no deprivation of his office, any more than shaking off the apples is cutting down the tree.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'removal from office'): from medieval Latin deprivatio(n-), from the verb deprivare (see deprive).

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