Des"ti*tute (?), a. [L. destitutus, p. p. of destituere to set away, leave alone, forsake; de + statuere to set. See Statute.]

1.

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. Ps. cxli. 8.

Totally destitute of all shadow of influence. Burke.

2.

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. Heb. xi. 37.

 

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Des"ti*tute, v. t.

1.

To leave destitute; to forsake; to abandon.

[Obs.]

To forsake or destitute a plantation. Bacon.

2.

To make destitute; to cause to be in want; to deprive; -- followed by of.

[Obs.]

Destituted of all honor and livings. Holinshed.

3.

To disappoint.

[Obs.]

When his expectation is destituted. Fotherby.

 

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