Definition of underprivileged in English:

underprivileged

adjective

  • (of a person) not enjoying the same standard of living or rights as the majority of people in a society:

    ‘needy and underprivileged members of the community’
    ‘the plight of the underprivileged’
    • ‘The centre in Sussex Square provides a place for underprivileged families to socialise and get support and advice.’
    • ‘They tend to have negative attitudes towards poor people, underprivileged groups, and minorities.’
    • ‘Last week, our Head Boy organized a charity for the underprivileged children in Iavindat.’
    • ‘These toys will be sent to underprivileged children in Third World countries.’
    • ‘The Hales family, all of whom are involved in athletics, have set up a trust fund to help underprivileged athletes in Bolton.’
    • ‘This occasion, as in previous years, was one of happiness and support for underprivileged people in society.’
    • ‘They have introduced educational programmes for underprivileged children.’
    • ‘It was my childhood desire to assist underprivileged people of Third World countries in any way I could.’
    • ‘Instead of gifts, the couple had asked that guests make donations to the Aconchego day care centre for underprivileged children.’
    • ‘The school provides free room, board, and education to underprivileged children.’
    • ‘There are underprivileged individuals and groups in the First World, as well as in the Third and New Second Worlds.’
    • ‘The local administration has waived all charges for all underprivileged patients in hospitals.’
    • ‘This is an annual project in which toys games etc. are sent to underprivileged children in foreign countries.’
    • ‘I got so into the article that I wanted to give back to underprivileged children.’
    • ‘Proceeds from the show will go towards a Christmas party for the underprivileged residents of Fyzabad.’
    • ‘A teenager who gave up a summer holiday in the French sunshine to help underprivileged children has been given a national award.’
    • ‘He is undertaking the walk in order to raise money for victims of the tsunami disaster and underprivileged people in the local community.’
    • ‘Steve plans to fly out to Albania with the climbing gear to give underprivileged children from that country the chance to try the sport on a summer camp.’
    • ‘Wagner went in a different direction, starting a foundation for underprivileged kids.’
    • ‘Christmas came early this year for underprivileged children from across the district.’
    needy, deprived, in need, in want, in distress, disadvantaged, needful, poor, destitute, in reduced circumstances, in straitened circumstances, impoverished, poverty-stricken, penurious, indigent, as poor as a church mouse, unable to keep the wolf from the door
    on the breadline, without two brass farthings to rub together, without two pennies farthings to rub together
    on one's uppers, on one's beam-ends
    pauperized, beggared, necessitous
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Pronunciation:

underprivileged

/ʌndəˈprɪvɪlɪdʒd/