des·ti·tute /ˈdɛstəˌtut, ˌt(j)ut/
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.
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.
adj : poor enough to need help from others [syn: impoverished, indigent,
necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken]