- a depriving or being deprived; deprivation; specif., the loss or absence of some quality or condition
- lack of the ordinary necessities of life
Origin of privationMiddle English privacion from Classical Latin privatio from privare: see private
- a. Lack of the basic necessities or comforts of life: living in times of privation.b. An act, condition, or result of deprivation or loss: endured the privations of war.
- The condition of being without a specified quality or attribute: the privation of liberty.
Origin of privationMiddle English privacion from Old French privation from Latin prīvātiō prīvātiōn- from prīvātus past participle of prīvāre to deprive ; see private .
(countable and uncountable, plural privations)