• WordNet 3.6
    • adj destitute completely wanting or lacking "writing barren of insight","young recruits destitute of experience","innocent of literary merit","the sentence was devoid of meaning"
    • adj destitute poor enough to need help from others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Destitute Forsaken; not having in possession (something necessary, or desirable); deficient; lacking; devoid; -- often followed by of. "In thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute .""Totally destitute of all shadow of influence."
    • Destitute Not possessing the necessaries of life; in a condition of want; needy; without possessions or resources; very poor. "They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute , afflicted, tormented."
    • Destitute To disappoint. "When his expectation is destituted ."
    • Destitute To leave destitute; to forsake; to abandon. "To forsake or destitute a plantation."
    • Destitute To make destitute; to cause to be in want; to deprive; -- followed by of. "Destituted of all honor and livings."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • destitute To forsake; desert; abandon; leave to neglect.
    • destitute To deprive, as of property, preferment, or office; divest: used absolutely or with of.
    • destitute To disappoint.
    • destitute 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.
    • destitute Without means; indigent; needy; poor: as, the family has been left destitute. Synonyms Penniless, necessitous, pinched, distressed.
    • destitute A destitute person, or destitute persons collectively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Destitute des′ti-tūt left alone: forsaken: in want, needy—v.t. to forsake: to deprive
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Forgetfulness. A gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. destitutus, p. p. of destituere, to set away, leave alone, forsake; de, + statuere, to set. See Statute
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. destituĕre, -ūtumde, away, and statuĕre, to place.


In literature:

And now his face, fixed on the adorable infant, was destitute of all expression.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
We only met with six or eight cases of sickness, which is really surprising, considering their destitute condition.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
They were destitute of water, food and money.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
Besides, the destitution is not yet over.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847." by Various
When Neff first went amongst them, the people were in a state of almost total spiritual destitution.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
You know that I am practically destitute, without means or any certain knowledge of where my next meal is coming from.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Who the hell said I was destitute, heh?
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
The one at St. Germain was in a state of great destitution.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
I have both raised them, and supplied destitute swarms repeatedly.
"A Manual or an Easy Method of Managing Bees" by John M. Weeks
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
Here there was no actual destitution, nor any fear of it, and the other children were being cared for.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
There is much destitution felt by people whose pride prevents them from asking for supplies from the relief committees.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Though young in years, her appearance indicated that she had passed through much suffering, destitution and sin.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
But it is far otherwise with the person who is destitute of this information.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
The plot is equally destitute of interest and of probability.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
For three hundred years, its slaves were destitute of the gospel, and their barbarism was left to perpetuate itself.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
But the Poor Law came into operation only at the point of sheer destitution.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
The villages are wholly destitute of picturesque effect.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
You suppose me destitute of honour.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Into the Vehrli school were received destitute orphans, foundlings, and those whose parents were too indigent to provide for their education.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various

In poetry:

I sought to find the destitute,
And wondered why they were so mute,
I felt for them;
I could not get a single sigh,
Nor even see a tearful eye,
No face was grim.
"Time—Eternity. The Saint's Departure." by Frank Barbour Coffin
Thou may'st from acts of charity forbear,
When alms sufficient are not in thy pow'r:
But yet thou never must refrain from pray'r,
However destitute, however poor.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
Adam. Alas! the example,
That with my hands before your eyes I show you,
Serves it so little? heavens! what do I see?
So destitute of sense
Are heavenly creatures?
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 5." by William Cowper
High in the mountains by a deep ravine
inside my massive block, enclosed, alone —
but then brought down and stripped, I now am seen
against my will and destitute of stone.
"High In The Mountains" by Michelangelo
Think of the homes that these battles are leaving
Destitute, desolate, dreary and dumb.
Think of the fond, patient, hearts that are grieving,
Breaking for loved ones, who never will come.
"Over The Water" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The survivors when rescued were in a destitute state,
But nevertheless they seemed resigned to their fate,
And they thanked God that did them save
Most timely from a cold and watery grave.
"The Wreck of the Steamer 'Storm Queen'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Well, consider some truly destitute places.
Program gets destitute youths outdoors.
Helping destitute Afghan women become artisans.
A Federal program for the destitute is reaching only about half the elderly, blind or disabled people who are eligible, according to lawmakers who have studied it.
Coheed & Cambria release video for new single "Domino The Destitute ".
The Secrets of One Woman's Rise from Destitution to Successful Business Owner.
Destitution North of the Border.
Disease, death, and destitution stand in relief against miles and miles of muddy water.
Players that have avoided the pitfalls of Apopka's destitute neighborhood are being celebrated in their community.
That is also true for more destitute communities to the west of Apopka, such as Plymouth and Zellwood, Apopka coach Rick Darlington said.
It creates destitution, loss of human dignity, starvation and chaos throughout any civilization.
Some say 90-day notice is not enough time for campers, many destitute, to relocate.
Positive are more frightened by the prospect of destitution than by illness and death.
He sold his mansion, Porsche, and yacht and set off for Cambodia to provide food, shelter, and education to destitute children.
They were concerned Ohio would cut families off of cash assistance and leave them destitute.

In science:

This very special character of gj k is responsible for the fact that the undulatory solutions of Einstein equations are destitute of a physical reality.
No motions of bodies produce GW's
In the exact (non -linearized) formulation of GR the GW’s are only mathematical undulations fully destitute of physical reality, as it was first proved in 1917 by Tullio Levi-Civita – and subsequently with different demonstrations by, in particular, Scheidegger , Infeld and Plebanski , and the present writer .
Gravitational waves from BBH-systems? A (doubly) vain quest
An immediate consequence: the customary linearized computations of the action of a GW on matter (for instance, on a resonant bar or on a Michelson interferometer) are fully destitute of a physical sense.
Gravitational waves from BBH-systems? A (doubly) vain quest