Definition of deprived in English:



  • 1Suffering a severe and damaging lack of basic material and cultural benefits.

    ‘the charity cares for destitute and deprived children’
    • ‘The increase in the number of medical students will open the door to a medical career for students from deprived or culturally diverse communities.’
    • ‘Hundreds of shops in some of the most deprived parts of the region are to benefit from increased security under a scheme to cut crime and vandalism.’
    • ‘These children come from deprived backgrounds in slums and many right off the streets.’
    • ‘Doesn't the government say the projects are about solving the problems on deprived council estates?’
    • ‘"The situation is even worse for people living in the most deprived areas."’
    • ‘People in the countryside as well as the deprived sections in the urban areas are crying for basic facilities.’
    • ‘She condemned the police tactics, as well as the deprived conditions and lack of opportunities for young people in the area.’
    • ‘This was expressed in no small part in the faces of around 150,000 orphans living in deprived conditions.’
    • ‘The crusade against poverty will he stepped up too, giving help to deprived neighbourhoods.’
    • ‘The government is to target deprived areas where poor families suffer more ill health.’
    • ‘Children from deprived areas are more likely to suffer tooth decay than those from better-off backgrounds.’
    • ‘Smokers in deprived areas perceive a lack of support to help them to stop smoking.’
    • ‘I felt deprived, and was happy that I had James here for me.’
    • ‘He said: " The youngsters involved are not just from socially deprived families."’
    • ‘Severely deprived, neglected or abused environment will have negative effects on the growth of a child.’
    • ‘The Government cash will help children in deprived areas by paying for more volunteers to teach the basic skills.’
    • ‘Some deprived and orphaned children and adults have benefited from a company's efforts to improve their lives.’
    • ‘They say about £500 will build one home for people in deprived communities.’
    • ‘The real message of the league tables is that they highlight the deprived neighbourhoods.’
    • ‘Most children arriving at the school, some from severely deprived areas, are already below the expected standard aged just three.’
    disadvantaged, underprivileged, poverty-stricken, impoverished, poor, destitute, needy, in need, in want, badly off, unable to make ends meet, in reduced circumstances, unable to keep the wolf from the door
    depressed, distressed, forlorn
    on the bread line
    penurious, impecunious
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    1. 1.1(of a person) lacking a specified benefit that is considered important.
      ‘the men felt sexually deprived’
      • ‘She was neither a child of the ghetto nor a culturally or educationally deprived person.’
      • ‘Lastly, 134 million children aged between 7 and 18 (13%) are severely educationally deprived - they have never been to school.’
      • ‘I was jolted awake into a caffeine deprived state.’
      • ‘It did not specify who the "educationally deprived" children were or what kinds of programs would be acceptable.’
      • ‘This can be achieved by concentrating resources on conditions that affect socially and economically deprived people.’
      • ‘They also assist the juvenile home and run a Community College for economically deprived girls.’
      • ‘Nutritionally deprived children experience more health problems than food-secure children including anemia, weight loss, colds, and infections.’
      • ‘There's a pattern that some parents exhibit with their children when they themselves have had an emotionally deprived childhood.’
      • ‘This paper describes the behavior of nutritionally deprived children, and findings indicate retarded physical and mental growth.’
      • ‘Cross stitching is the artfully deprived persons way of making beautiful pictures.’
      • ‘The sexually deprived people showed a great many more side-effects of all kinds than did the non-deprived people.’
      • ‘And it even hints at the possibility of socially deprived people thinking about their larger condition.’
      • ‘It's much too easy to laugh at the most abandoned, most cheated and misled, most socially deprived people in the north.’
      • ‘There must be care for those who are socially deprived.’
      • ‘In one-third of families where the child was classified as emotionally deprived there was considerable material deprivation as well.’