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Meaning of DESTITUTE

Pronunciation:  'desti`toot

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  poor enough to need help from others

DESTITUTE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poor, poverty-stricken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Des"ti*tute\, a. [L. destitutus, p. p. of destituere
    to set away, leave alone, forsake; de + statuere to set. See
    1. Forsaken; not having in possession (something necessary,
       or desirable); deficient; lacking; devoid; -- often
       followed by of.
             In thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.
                                                   --Ps. cxli. 8.
             Totally destitute of all shadow of influence.
    2. Not possessing the necessaries of life; in a condition of
       want; needy; without possessions or resources; very poor.
             They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins;
             being destitute, afflicted, tormented. --Heb. xi.
  2. \Des"ti*tute\, v. t.
    1. To leave destitute; to forsake; to abandon. [Obs.]
             To forsake or destitute a plantation. --Bacon.
    2. To make destitute; to cause to be in want; to deprive; --
       followed by of. [Obs.]
             Destituted of all honor and livings.  --Holinshed.
    3. To disappoint. [Obs.]
             When his expectation is destituted.   --Fotherby.
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