destitution :

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de stuh tooh shuhn

  • n  a state without friends or money or prospects

  • Several million people need food aid, millions more have fled, and an outbreak of cholera that sure mark of destitution has killed close to 5,000 and infected 20 times that .
  • Yet he was also deeply moved by South Korea's destitution.
  • Mother Teresa's detractors have accused her of overemphasizing Calcuttans' destitution and of coercing conversion from the defenseless.
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  • Saddam Hussein in USA Today
    I have saved you from destitution and misery and destroyed your enemies, the Persian and Americans,Saddam responded, al-Rubaie told the Times.
  • Fakhruddin Ahmed in Reuters
    As many as eight million face the bleak prospect of destitution,Fakhruddin Ahmed, the head of Bangladesh's interim government, told donors on Monday.
  • Rowan Williams in The Age
    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...

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