- marked by deprivation; lacking the necessities of life, as adequate food and shelter: a deprived childhood.
verb (used with object), de·prived, de·priv·ing.
- to remove or withhold something from the enjoyment or possession of (a person or persons): to deprive a man of life; to deprive a baby of candy.
- to remove from ecclesiastical office.
- lacking adequate food, shelter, education, etcdeprived inner-city areas
- (foll by of) to prevent from possessing or enjoying; dispossess (of)
- archaic to remove from rank or office; depose; demote
1550s, “dispossessed,” past participle adjective from deprive. As a euphemism for the condition of children who lack a stable home life, by 1945.
mid-14c., from Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin deprivare, from Latin de- “entirely” (see de-) + privare “release from” (see private). Replaced Old English bedælan. Related: Deprived; depriving.
- To take something from someone or something.
- To keep from possessing or enjoying something.