destitution destitution  /ˈdɛ stə ˌtu ʃən/


  • (n) a state without friends or money or prospects


  1. Mother Teresa's detractors have accused her of overemphasizing Calcuttans' destitution and of coercing conversion from the defenseless.
  2. Yet he was also deeply moved by South Korea's destitution.
  3. Nearly two decades of war have reduced this country of 9 million to chaotic destitution, making it less a failed state than no state at all.


  • How The Other Half Lives: In Neill Blomkamp’s Energetic Blockbuster, The 1 Percent Has High-Tailed It To Space

    Matt Damon gets ready to kick some ass in Elysium Earth, in Neill Blomkamp’s new science- fiction thriller Elysium , set in 2154, is one big wretched slum: arid, diseased, dangerous and overcrowded. There is little hope for its denizens, though at least all are equal in their own miserable destitution. Until they look up. Their poverty is thrown into sharp relief by a giant orbital space station ...
    on August 7, 2013     Source: The New York Observer


  1. "I have saved you from destitution and misery and destroyed your enemies, the Persian and Americans," Saddam responded, al-Rubaie told the Times.
    on Dec 29, 2006 By: Saddam Hussein Source: USA Today

  2. "As many as eight million face the bleak prospect of destitution," Fakhruddin Ahmed, the head of Bangladesh's interim government, told donors on Monday.
    on Dec 3, 2007 By: Fakhruddin Ahmed Source: Reuters

  3. The project was "working to deepen the confidence and the hope of those living in the middle of some of the worst destitution even Zimbabwe can show. Signs of salvation; not a magical restoration of the golden age, but the stubborn insistence that...
    on Dec 24, 2008 By: Rowan Williams Source: The Age

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