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destitute (adj.)

c. 1400, "abandoned, forsaken," from Latin destitutus "abandoned," past participle of destituere "forsake," from de "away" (see de-) + statuere "put, place," causative of stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand, make or be firm." Originally literal; of persons, "forlorn, hopeless," 1510s; sense of "lacking resources, without means, impoverished, indigent" is by 1530s. As a noun, "severely impoverished persons collectively," 1737.

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Definitions of destitute

destitute (adj.)
poor enough to need help from others;
Synonyms: impoverished / indigent / necessitous / needy / poverty-stricken
destitute (adj.)
completely wanting or lacking;
young recruits destitute of experience
Synonyms: barren / devoid / free / innocent
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