Definition of deprivation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌdeprɪˈveɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdeprɪˈveɪʃn//
[uncountable, countable] Poverty and famine
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the fact of not having something that you need, like enough food, money or a home; the process that causes this neglected children suffering from social deprivation sleep deprivation the deprivation of war (= the suffering caused by not having enough of some things) the deprivations and hardships resulting from the blockade See related entries: Poverty and famine Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘removal from office’): from medieval Latin deprivatio(n-), from the verb deprivare, from de- ‘away, completely’ + privare ‘bereave, deprive’, from privus ‘single, individual’.Extra examples Many of the people suffered severe deprivation. a study of the effects of sleep deprivation an area of acute social and economic deprivation In the inner cities you will find neglected children suffering from social deprivation. The latest government initiative aims to reduce rural unemployment and deprivation.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: deprivation