destitution


noun

  1. lack of the means of subsistence; utter poverty.
  2. deprivation, lack, or absence.

noun

  1. the state of being destitute; utter poverty
  2. rare lack or deficiency
n.

early 15c., from Old French destitution and directly from Latin destitutionem (nominative destitutio) “a forsaking, deserting,” from destitutus, past participle of destituere (see destitute).

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