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Definition of Destitute


  1. Forsaken; not having in possession (something necessary, or desirable); deficient; lacking; devoid; -- often followed by of.
  2. Not possessing the necessaries of life; in a condition of want; needy; without possessions or resources; very poor.
  3. To leave destitute; to forsake; to abandon.
  4. To make destitute; to cause to be in want; to deprive; -- followed by of.
  5. To disappoint.

Destitute Quotations

Most of those coming from the mainland are very destitute, almost naked. I am trying to find places for those able to work, and provide for them as best I can, so as to lighten the burden on the Government as much as possible, while at the same time they learn to respect themselves by earning their own living.
Harriet Tubman

Property is not the sacred right. When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune, it is not a moral evil. When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality.
Lord Acton

If I'd seen a grown man beating a crippled boy, of course I'd intervene. If my father died and left my mother destitute, it's your instinct to take care of her. So when I started to think about it in those terms, it started to make sense to me.
Charlie Hunnam

I'd sooner be called a successful crook than a destitute monarch.
Charlie Chaplin

Friendless. Having no favors to bestow. Destitute of fortune. Addicted to utterance of truth and common sense.
Ambrose Bierce
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Destitute Translations

destitute in Latin is egenus
destitute in Spanish is destituir
destitute in Swedish is utblottad, utfattig
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