Definition of destitute adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdestɪtjuːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdestɪtuːt//
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  1. 1without money, food and the other things necessary for life When he died, his family was left completely destitute.
  2. 2the destitute noun [plural] people who are destitute More Like This Plural adjectival nouns the blind, the deaf, the destitute, the dead, the dying, the elderly, the faithful, the homeless, the injured, the insane, the jobless, the middle aged, the old, the poor, the rich, the sick, the squeamish, the wealthy, the wicked, the wounded, the youngSee worksheet.
  3. 3destitute of something (formal) lacking something They seem destitute of ordinary human feelings.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘deserted, abandoned, empty’): from Latin destitutus, past participle of destituere ‘forsake’, from de- ‘away from’ + statuere ‘to place’.Extra examples The war left her completely destitute. a country almost destitute of timber a man wholly destitute of compassion
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