from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Extreme want of resources or the means of subsistence; complete poverty.
- n. A deprivation or lack; a deficiency.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The action of deserting or abandoning.
- n. Discharge from office; dismissal.
- n. The condition of lacking something.
- n. An extreme state of poverty, in which a person is almost completely lacking in resources or means of support.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being deprived of anything; the state or condition of being destitute, needy, or without resources; deficiency; lack; extreme poverty; utter want.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Deprivation; absence of anything desired.
- n. Deprivation of office; dismissal; discharge. See destitute, v., 2.
- n. Deprivation or absence of means; indigence; poverty; want.
- n. Synonyms Indigence, Penury, etc. (see poverty); privation, distress.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state without friends or money or prospects
From French destitution, from Latin dēstitūtiōnem ("abandoning"), from dēstituere. (Wiktionary)