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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

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

Etymologies

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)

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