AskDefine | Define deprivation

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1 a state of extreme poverty [syn: privation, want]
2 the disadvantage that results from losing something; "his loss of credibility led to his resignation"; "losing him is no great deprivation" [syn: loss]
3 act of depriving someone of food or money or rights; "nutritional privation"; "deprivation of civil rights" [syn: privation]

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  1. The act of depriving, dispossessing, or bereaving; the act of deposing or divesting of some dignity.
  2. The state of being deprived; privation; loss; want; bereavement.
  3. The taking away from a clergyman his benefice, or other spiritual promotion or dignity.
  4. In the context of "followed by “of”": lack
    He was suffering from deprivation of sleep.
state of being deprived

Extensive Definition

deprivation in German: Deprivation

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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