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Meaning of DESTITUTE

Pronunciation:  'desti`toot

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[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
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Des"ti*tute\, a. [L. destitutus, p. p. of destituere
    to set away, leave alone, forsake; de + statuere to set. See
    {Statute}.]
    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.
                                                   --Burke.
    
    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.
                                                   37.
    
    
  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.
    
    
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: badly off, bankrupt, bereft of, broke, broken, busted, deficient, depleted, deprived of, destitute of, devoid of, divested, down-and-out, drained, empty, exhausted, failed, fortuneless, hard up, homeless, impecunious, impoverished, in need, in receivership, in the gutter, in the red, in want, indigent, innocent, insolvent, landless, moneyless, necessitous, needy, on the rocks, out of funds, penniless, penurious, poor, poverty, poverty-stricken, propertyless, ruined, stripped, void, without, without a sou
 

 

 

 

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