An extreme state of poverty, in which a person is almost completely lacking in resources or means of support.
Origin of destitution
From Old French destitution, from Latindēstitūtiōnem (“abandoning”), from dēstituere.
Destitution Sentence Examples
Despite this destitution, the soldiers and officers went on living just as usual.
Despite a huge emigration of Jews from Russia, the congestion within the pale is the cause of terrible destitution and misery.
He was imposed upon by speculators in whom he placed confidence, and was reduced to destitution by the failure of a scheme in which they engaged him.
Believing implicitly in the rumours of a descent on Boulogne and of risings in France which also reached him, and knowing the destitution he had left behind him in his movement to Ulm, when he heard of the westward march of French columns from the Lech he told his army, apparently in all good faith, that the French were in full march for their own coun try.
On the 20th extreme destitution obliged the British to fall back on Badajoz.