adjective Date: 1896 1. deprived through social or economic condition of some of the fundamental rights of all members of a civilized society 2. of or relating to underprivileged people <
underprivileged areas of the city

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  • underprivileged — [un΄dər priv′ə lijd, un΄dərpriv′lijd] adj. deprived of a decent standard of living, adequate education, and economic security through poverty, discrimination, etc. the underprivileged those who are underprivileged …   English World dictionary

  • underprivileged — (adj.) 1896, from UNDER (Cf. under) + pp. of PRIVILEGE (Cf. privilege) (v.). Noun use is attested from 1935 …   Etymology dictionary

  • underprivileged — [adj] poor badly off*, depressed, deprived, destitute, disadvantaged, down and out*, handicapped, hapless, hard up*, have not*, ill fated, ill starred, impoverished, indigent, in dire straits, in need, in want, needy, unfortunate, unlucky;… …   New thesaurus

  • underprivileged — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not enjoying the same rights or standard of living as the majority of the population …   English terms dictionary

  • underprivileged — [[t]ʌ̱ndə(r)prɪ̱vɪlɪʤd[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Underprivileged people have less money and fewer possessions and opportunities than other people in their society. ...helping underprivileged children to learn to read. ...the hideous effects of… …   English dictionary

  • underprivileged — adj. Underprivileged is used with these nouns: ↑child …   Collocations dictionary

  • underprivileged — Synonyms and related words: badly off, beggared, beggarly, bereaved, bereft, chronic poor, chronic poverty area, common, demeaning, depressed, depressed class, depressed population, deprived, dire, disadvantaged, donsie, doomful, evil starred,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • underprivileged — un|der|priv|i|leged [ˌʌndəˈprıvılıdʒd US dər ] adj very poor, with worse living conditions, educational opportunities etc than most people in society ▪ underprivileged children …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • underprivileged — un|der|priv|i|leged [ ,ʌndər prıv(ə)lıdʒd ] adjective not having as many advantages or opportunities as most other people: underprivileged children …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • underprivileged —    poor or illiterate    Literally, lacking honourable distinction, so that it embraces us all, unless we are royalty, Nobel prize winners, or have been decorated for gallantry:     One righted the balance by being more than fair to the… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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