destitute | destitution

Exam frequency

GRE

medium

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

lacking money or possessions

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destitute - poor

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A person who is ‘destitute’ is worse than the poor. Rather than simply not having much of something, they typically lack it altogether. Such is its extreme nature, people generally only become destitute after some kind of a disaster.

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Synonyms impoverished,impecunious,insolvent
Antonyms prosperous,affluent

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  1. Frank’s business failures left him destitute. He was forced to sell everything he owned.

  2. Her drug addiction eventually reduced her to a life of homelessness and destitution.

  3. The earthquake totally destroyed the area and left many families destitute.

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