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[mass noun] Poverty so extreme that one lacks the means to provide for oneself:‘the family faced eviction and destitution’
dire poverty, extreme poverty, poverty, impoverishment, insolvency, penury, pennilessness, impecuniousness, privation, indigence, ruin, ruination, pauperdomhardship, neediness, need, want, reduced circumstances, straitened circumstances, dire straits, deprivation, disadvantage, distress, financial distress, difficultieslife on the breadlinebeggary, mendicancy, vagrancyView synonyms
- ‘They are by far the largest group amongst the fifth of India's population who live in extreme poverty and destitution.’
- ‘In fact the utter destitution of the desperate was not just predicted: it was planned for.’
- ‘Seaweed farming was an important part of the Japanese farmers' diets and after suffering years of unreliable harvests they were facing destitution.’
- ‘More than two million other people from Darfur are in extreme destitution, immediately requiring aid.’
- ‘If in two months stories of starvation and destitution continue to emerge out of Aceh, severe criticism will rain down on the government.’
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