from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Utterly lacking; devoid: Young recruits destitute of any experience.
- adj. Lacking resources or the means of subsistence; completely impoverished. See Synonyms at poor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Lacking something; devoid; especially lacking money; poor, impoverished, poverty-stricken.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Forsaken; not having in possession (something necessary, or desirable); deficient; lacking; devoid; -- often followed by of.
- adj. Not possessing the necessaries of life; in a condition of want; needy; without possessions or resources; very poor.
- transitive v. To leave destitute; to forsake; to abandon.
- transitive v. To make destitute; to cause to be in want; to deprive; -- followed by of.
- transitive v. To disappoint.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To forsake; desert; abandon; leave to neglect.
- To deprive, as of property, preferment, or office; divest: used absolutely or with of.
- To disappoint.
- Deprived; bereft; under complete lack or privation, whether of what has been lost or of what has never been possessed: with of: as, destitute of honor or of prudence; destitute of the necessaries of life.
- Without means; indigent; needy; poor: as, the family has been left destitute.
- A destitute person, or destitute persons collectively.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. poor enough to need help from others
- adj. completely wanting or lacking
Middle English, from Latin dēstitūtus, past participle of dēstituere, to abandon : dē-, de- + statuere, to set; see stā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)