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Word: destitute

Definition: extremely poor; lacking means of subsistence; utterly lacking; devoid; Ex. destitute of any experience


Sentences Containing 'destitute'

"You may imagine, Mr. Holmes, that to me, destitute as I was, such an offer seemed almost too good to be true.
A destitute Betty is evicted from her home, which has a "FOR SALE" sign beside it.
According to a periodical from 1894, the 6-15-99 Club was one of seven contemporary and highly advertised funds for the temporary relief of the destitute.
After a strife between Singhania and Kiran, the former says that Kiran is allowed to marry any man, be he a destitute or Singhania's enemy, without his refusal but Rahul.
Although he was involved in numerous projects on behalf of what he perceived as the best interest of Indians, McCoy was nearly destitute during much of the 1830s, taking in boarders and working as bookkeeper in a neighboring store.
Another explanation is that the word "hoagie" arose in the late 19th to early 20th century, among the Italian community in South Philadelphia, when "on the hoke" was a slang used to describe a destitute person.
But in some genera the larvae become developed into hermaphrodites having the ordinary structure, or into what I have called complemental males; and in the latter the development has assuredly been retrograde; for the male is a mere sack, which lives for a short time and is destitute of mouth, stomach, and every other organ of importance, excepting those for reproduction.
By hypothesis, a welfare recipient is destitute, without funds or assets.
Consider the nature of all worldly sensible things; of those especially, which either ensnare by pleasure, or for their irksomeness are dreadful, or for their outward lustre and show are in great esteem and request, how vile and contemptible, how base and corruptible, how destitute of all true life and being they are.
Gail Wynand is a wealthy newspaper mogul who rose from a destitute childhood in the ghettoes of New York City to control much of the city's print media.
He may have been hoping Grant would offer generous terms, remembering the assistance he gave Grant when he was destitute, but Grant's reply was curt, with the famous quotation, "No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.
He tried to follow Karol Marcinkowski by helping the destitute.
Her moral decline blends into physical ruin, and she is shocked to discover that her appearance is found disgusting by even the most destitute of her many lovers.
I felt more miserable and destitute than I had done at any period of my running away.
In 1836, Coillard’s father died, leaving behind a nearly destitute widow.
In 1842 he founded and became President of the National Philanthropic Association and in 1846 he founded the Poor Man's Guardian Society, 'instituted for the purpose of aiding the destitute in their approach for parochial relief, and for securing them the legal and humane dispensation of the Poor-law.'
Kiran overhears this, and decides to thwart her father's decision that Kiran is allowed to marry any man, be he a destitute or Singhania's enemy but Rahul.
Morale was sinking, not only because of the loss of Little Rock, but because many of the 26th’s soldiers’ families were destitute and starving.
Mr. Dunleavy was a long serving member of the Organisation who was the driving force behind the building of a home in Dublin for destitute soldiers, sailors and airmen.
Neither can they conveniently have cellars, or graves, -LCB- footnote -LRB- The Israelites are buried in graves by permission, I take it, not requirement; but none else, except the destitute, who are buried at public expense.
On the other hand, the mere ignorant is still more despised; nor is any thing deemed a surer sign of an illiberal genius in an age and nation where the sciences flourish, than to be entirely destitute of all relish for those noble entertainments.
Rising from the ashes of a bankrupt and destitute 1970’s Manhattan, and reacting to the modernist aesthetic of 1960’s avant-garde film, No Wave filmmakers like Eric Mitchell threw out the rules and embraced their own brand of vanguard moviemaking.
School and other education constantly proceed upon false principles, and show a clumsy apparatus pointed at a false mark; but your apparatus is simple, and the mark a true one; and while parents and young persons are left destitute of other just means of estimating and becoming prepared for a reasonable course in life, your discovery that the thing is in many a man's private power, will be invaluable!
Services cost the equivalent of about eighty American cents for everyone "except for women and children, the destitute, and anyone seriously injured."
Several plants habitually produce two kinds of flowers; one kind open and coloured so as to attract insects; the other closed, not coloured, destitute of nectar, and never visited by insects.
Shedai’s heart was pained to see the miserable plight of Indian Muslims because they lived as destitute, without work and food.
Since Brower was left destitute, Smith was given the promissory note and was now the owner of The Carolina Twins.
The general and all the officers were surpris'd, declar'd the expedition was then at an end, being impossible, and exclaim'd against the ministers for ignorantly landing them in a country destitute of the means of conveying their stores, baggage, etc., not less than one hundred and fifty waggons being necessary.
The great difficulty lies in the working ants differing widely from both the males and the fertile females in structure, as in the shape of the thorax, and in being destitute of wings and sometimes of eyes, and in instinct.
The hospital was founded on a charitable basis to provide medical treatment for the destitute.
The Hyperoodon bidens is destitute of true teeth in an efficient condition, but its palate is roughened, according to Lacepede, with small unequal, hard points of horn.
The Indian Government did not encourage the return of workers as many were destitute, ill or had lost touch with their own culture.
The inhabitants were to be given several days' notice, and care was to be taken that they were not to be left destitute.
The landlady provides a play to the actors that turns out to have been left behind long ago by a destitute, evicted tenant (Robert Benchley).
The lower mandible of the shoveller-duck is furnished with lamellae of equal length with these above, but finer; and in being thus furnished it differs conspicuously from the lower jaw of a whale, which is destitute of baleen.
The Pleuronectidae, while very young and still symmetrical, with their eyes standing on opposite sides of the head, cannot long retain a vertical position, owing to the excessive depth of their bodies, the small size of their lateral fins, and to their being destitute of a swim-bladder.
The property was deeded in the mid-1850s as “The DeVeaux College for Orphans and Destitute Children” by Judge Samuel DeVeaux and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York.
The Ramakrishna Mission in Singapore set up a home for boys from troubled homes, while the Sree Narayana Mission set up a home of the destitute elderly.
The war left his family nearly destitute, and Aldrich supplemented the household income hauling goods.
Then, in the privacy of my own little cabin, she informed me that Ham and Em'ly were an orphan nephew and niece, whom my host had at different times adopted in their childhood, when they were left destitute: and that Mrs. Gummidge was the widow of his partner in a boat, who had died very poor.
They have divided hoofs, and are destitute of front teeth in the upper jaw.
This very large and imposing structure is a local landmark, and includes a highly decorated chapel, and extensive accommodation for sisters, guests, and the female destitute persons to whom the community traditionally gave shelter.
Thousands of people were left utterly destitute with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.
Thus, as Fritz Muller has lately remarked, in the same group of crustaceans, Cypridina is furnished with a heart, while in two closely allied genera, namely Cypris and Cytherea, there is no such organ; one species of Cypridina has well-developed branchiae, while another species is destitute of them.
Thus, made destitute, many nomads became an urban underclass, while educated Somalis in Kenya fled the country.
Wilzig's father Siegbert (Siggi) Wilzig (March 11, 1926 – January 7, 2003), came to the United States as a young, destitute German Jewish Holocaust survivor.
Within the highest division of the animal kingdom, namely, the Vertebrata, we can start from an eye so simple, that it consists, as in the lancelet, of a little sack of transparent skin, furnished with a nerve and lined with pigment, but destitute of any other apparatus.
``Well, that tends to confirm my own ideas,''said Franz,``that the countess's suspicions were destitute alike of sense and reason.
``Why, when I found myself utterly destitute, I thought my old friends would, perhaps, assist me.
``You are very kind, I am sure; and I wish with all my heart it may prove so, for else they will be destitute enough.

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