(Of a person) not enjoying the same standard of living or rights as the majority of people in a society: needy and underprivileged members of the community (as plural noun the underprivileged) the plight of the underprivileged
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- This occasion, as in previous years, was one of happiness and support for underprivileged people in society.
- There are underprivileged individuals and groups in the First World, as well as in the Third and New Second Worlds.
- It was my childhood desire to assist underprivileged people of Third World countries in any way I could.
needy, deprived, in need, in want, in distress, disadvantaged, needful, poor, destitute, in reduced circumstances, in straitened circumstances, impoverished, poverty-stricken, penurious, indigent, as poor as a church mouse, unable to keep the wolf from the door; Britishon the breadline, without two pennies/brass farthings to rub together