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Definition of "destitute" []

  • Utterly lacking; devoid: Young recruits destitute of any experience. (adjective)
  • Lacking resources or the means of subsistence; completely impoverished. See Synonyms at poor. (adjective)
  • Lacking the means of subsistence; totally impoverished (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Completely lacking; deprived or bereft (of) (adjective)
  • Abandoned or deserted (adjective)

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Use "destitute" in a sentence
  • "The number of destitute is greatly reduced, there is strong national pride, and the general populace is VERY optimistic about where they are going."
  • "But men scarcely take pleasure at all in these things, at least those whom we call destitute of self-control do not, but only in the actual enjoyment which arises entirely from the sense of Touch, whether in eating or in drinking, or in grosser lusts."
  • "Charlottesville to open a pay school for colored pupils, but had not been successful, and having used all her money was in destitute circumstances so she came to us for aid and sympathy."