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destitute

Syllabification: des·ti·tute
Pronunciation: /ˈdestəˌt(y)o͞ot
 
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Definition of destitute in English:

adjective

1Without the basic necessities of life: the charity cares for destitute children
More example sentences
  • How does Dr. Singh give 400 million of the poor and the destitute a stake in Indian democracy?
  • Old age homes are necessary, but essentially for the destitute and the poor.
  • He lived the high life as a London yuppie and threw it all away to work with the poor and destitute in Liverpool slums.
Synonyms
penniless, poor, impoverished, poverty-stricken, impecunious, without a cent/penny (to one's name);
needy, in straitened circumstances, distressed, badly off
informal hard up, broke, flat broke, strapped (for cash), without a red cent, dirt poor
1.1 [predicative] (destitute of) Not having: towns destitute of commerce
More example sentences
  • The transition from any value system to a new one must pass through that zero point of atomic dissolution, must take its way through a generation, destitute of any connection, with either the old or the new system.
  • How parliaments make swine and vermin of men, who are destitute of morals and devoid of human attributes, is no more in the realm of magic, neither in that of magic realism.
  • He thought their clothes ugly, ‘destitute of taste, destitute of grace, repulsive as a shroud’ and preferred aloud the simple, colorful and more natural native garb.
Synonyms
devoid of, bereft of, deprived of, in need of;
lacking, without, deficient in, wanting

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'deserted, abandoned, empty'): from Latin destitutus, past participle of destituere 'forsake', from de- 'away from' + statuere 'to place'.

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  • constitution from (Middle English):

    A constitution once referred to a law, as well as to a body of laws or customs. It comes from Latin constituere ‘establish, appoint’ from con- ‘together’ and statuere ‘set up, place’. The latter is a rich source of English words including destitute (Late Middle English) literally ‘placed away’ so forsaken; institute (Middle English) something set up or established; restitution (Middle English) a re-establishing; statue (Middle English) something set up; and substitute (Late Middle English) someone set up instead of another. Prostitute (mid 16th century) comes from Latin prostituere ‘expose publicly, offer for sale’, from pro- ‘before’ and statuere ‘set up, place’.

Words that rhyme with destitute

instituteprostitute

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