1. The act of depriving, or taking away; hence, the depriving of rank or office; degradation in rank; deprivation.
2. The state of being deprived or destitute of something, especially of something required or desired; destitution; need; as, to undergo severe privations.
3. The condition of being absent; absence; negation.
Evil will be known by consequence, as being only a privation, or absence, of good. --South.
Privation mere of light and absent day. --Milton.
n 1: a state of extreme poverty [syn: want, deprivation]
2: act of depriving someone of food or money or rights;
"nutritional privation"; "deprivation of civil rights"