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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: destitutus, past participle of destituere 'to set down, leave'

destitute

adjective
     
des‧ti‧tute
1 having no money, no food, no home etc:
The floods left many people destitute.
2

be destitute of something

literary to be completely without something:
a man who is destitute of mercy
destitution noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: poor WORD FOCUS: poor
be hard up/be broke also be skint BrE informal to have very little money at the present time and be unable to buy the things that you want
destitute
having no money and nowhere to live, especially because something terrible has happened
poverty-stricken
very poor


See also
poor

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