American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. Synonyms Penniless, necessitous, pinched, distressed.
- A destitute person, or destitute persons collectively.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Forsaken; not having in possession (something necessary, or desirable); deficient; lacking; devoid; -- often followed by
- adj. Not possessing the necessaries of life; in a condition of want; needy; without possessions or resources; very poor.
- v. obsolete To leave destitute; to forsake; to abandon.
- v. obsolete To make destitute; to cause to be in want; to deprive; -- followed by
- v. obsolete To disappoint.
- 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)
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“Charlottesville to open a pay school for colored pupils, but had not been successful, and having used all her money was in destitute circumstances so she came to us for aid and sympathy.”
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