Definition of destitution in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdɛstɪˈtʃuːʃn//ˌdɛstɪˈtjuːʃn/


  • [mass noun] Poverty so extreme that one lacks the means to provide for oneself:

    ‘the family faced eviction and destitution’
    • ‘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.’
    dire poverty, extreme poverty, poverty, impoverishment, insolvency, penury, pennilessness, impecuniousness, privation, indigence, ruin, ruination, pauperdom
    hardship, neediness, need, want, reduced circumstances, straitened circumstances, dire straits, deprivation, disadvantage, distress, financial distress, difficulties
    life on the breadline
    beggary, mendicancy, vagrancy
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