When you think of the word destitute, which means poor or lacking other necessities of life, think of someone who is in desperate straits. A very, very tight budget is poor. Living on the streets is destitute.

Destitute essentially means not having something. When you’re destitute in the sense of being poor, you’re technically “destitute of money.” You can be destitute of other things as well. If all your friends have abandoned you, you’re “destitute of friends.” If you are applying for a job as a waitress but have never worked in a restaurant in any capacity, you’re “destitute of experience.”

Definitions of destitute
  1. adjective

    poor enough to need help from others

    impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken


    having little money or few possessions
  2. adjective

    completely wanting or lacking

    “young recruits
    destitute of experience”
    barren, devoid, free, innocent


    not having existence or being or actuality

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