American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Lack of the basic necessities or comforts of life.
- n. The condition resulting from such lack.
- n. An act, condition, or result of deprivation or loss.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being deprived; particularly, deprivation or absence of what is necessary for comfort; destitution; want.
- n. The act of removing something possessed; the removal or destruction of any thing or any property; deprivation.
- n. In logic, a particular kind of negation consisting in the absence from a subject of a habit which ought to be, might be, or generally is in that subject or others like it.
- n. The act of degrading from rank or office.
- n. Technically, in the Roman Catholic Church, the suspension of an ecclesiastic from his office, stipend, ecclesiastical functions, or jurisdiction.
- n. philosophy The state of being deprived of or lacking an attribute formerly or properly possessed; the loss or absence of such an attribute.
- n. The state of being very poor, and lacking the basic necessities of life.
- n. The act of depriving someone of such basic necessities; deprivation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of depriving, or taking away; hence, the depriving of rank or office; degradation in rank; deprivation.
- n. The state of being deprived or destitute of something, especially of something required or desired; destitution; need.
- n. The condition of being absent; absence; negation.
- n. act of depriving someone of food or money or rights
- n. a state of extreme poverty
- Middle English privacion, from Old French privation, from Latin prīvātiō, prīvātiōn-, from prīvātus, past participle of prīvāre, to deprive; see private. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“After three-quarters of a century of unparalleled sufferings, the Soviet Union collapsed in privation and misery, leaving massive Russia with an economy no bigger than tiny Holland's.”
“If the writer whom I quote has reflected upon the meaning of his words, he has seen that the word privation which he uses is synonymous with non-production, and that consequently those for whose benefit taxes are collected are very truly unproductive laborers.”
“No! The word privation expresses but weakly that constant and terrible want of all that is necessary to preserve the existence God gives; namely, wholesome air and shelter, sufficient and nourishing food and warm clothing.”
“It's an approach that guarantees only long term privation and nearly inevitable failure.”
“And yet, alongside this privation was a proto-middle-class group of blacks who held the community together.”
“The Fall was brought about by the first sin, which Wyclif characterizes as a privation of God's right in man's soul.”
“For even contraries have in a sense the same form; for the substance of a privation is the opposite substance, e.g. health is the substance of disease (for disease is the absence of health); and health is the formula in the soul or the knowledge of it.”
“And I underscore that word privation because recessions, even though they're painful, are not privation.”
“This may be defined as a privation of conformity to right reason and to the law of God.”
“Infamy in the canonical sense is defined as the privation or lessening of one's good name as the result of the bad rating which he has, even among prudent men.”
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