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destitution Line breaks: des¦ti|tu¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌdɛstɪˈtʃuːʃn/ /ˌdɛstɪˈtjuːʃn/

Definition of destitution in English:


[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.
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

Words that rhyme with destitution

ablution, absolution, allocution, attribution, circumlocution, circumvolution, Confucian, constitution, contribution, convolution, counter-revolution, dilution, diminution, distribution, electrocution, elocution, evolution, execution, institution, interlocution, irresolution, Lilliputian, locution, perlocution, persecution, pollution, prosecution, prostitution, restitution, retribution, Rosicrucian, solution, substitution, volution
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