Destitute Des"ti*tute, a. [L. destitutus, p. p. of destituere to set away, leave alone, forsake; de + statuere to set. See {Statute}.] 1. Forsaken; not having in possession (something necessary, or desirable); deficient; lacking; devoid; -- often followed by of. [1913 Webster]

In thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute. --Ps. cxli. 8. [1913 Webster]

Totally destitute of all shadow of influence. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. Not possessing the necessaries of life; in a condition of want; needy; without possessions or resources; very poor. [1913 Webster]

They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented. --Heb. xi. 37. [1913 Webster]

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