- 1without money, food, and the other things necessary for life When he died, his family was left completely destitute.
- 2the destitute noun [plural] people who are destitute
- 3 destitute of something (formal) lacking something They seem destitute of ordinary human feelings.
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NAmE//ˌdɛstəˈtuʃn//noun [uncountable] homelessness and destitution