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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of depriving; loss.
  • n. The condition of being deprived; privation.
  • n. A removal of rank or office.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of depriving, dispossessing, or bereaving; the act of deposing or divesting of some dignity.
  • n. The state of being deprived; privation; loss; want; bereavement.
  • n. The taking away from a clergyman his benefice, or other spiritual promotion or dignity.
  • n. lack

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of depriving, dispossessing, or bereaving; the act of deposing or divesting of some dignity.
  • n. The state of being deprived; privation; loss; want; bereavement.
  • n. the taking away from a clergyman his benefice, or other spiritual promotion or dignity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of depriving; a taking away.
  • n. The state of being deprived; loss; want; bereavement.
  • n. Degradation from office, rank, or position; deposition: now used chiefly of the deposition of a bishop or other clergyman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. act of depriving someone of food or money or rights
  • n. a state of extreme poverty
  • n. the disadvantage that results from losing something

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