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noun as in indigence

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But, after Vaello-Madero became seriously ill in 2011 and was unable to work, SSI was his lifeline against destitution.

From Vox

She said she is in touch with many former miners, some of whom fell into destitution after the last mine here closed.

For male subjects, “we found that the cash alone—which is quite a lot of money given their destitution—barely improves psychosocial well-being,” she says.

Some of the densest clusters of destitution, home to what Booth uncharitably described as “vicious and semi-criminal” classes, are in the north of Lambeth, where modern studio flats cost north of a million pounds.

Traditionally, this “instant divorce,” as it is often called, could banish women to a life of destitution, given many women’s struggles to own property in their own name or to find profitable work.

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As he notes, these benefits are key to countless families who would otherwise fall into destitution.

Now she just wants the neo homeless to get back under a roof before they become acclimated to destitution.

Artemis Stefanoudaki, a 38-year-old photographer, lives on the razor-thin margin between poverty and destitution.

The new forces controlled by mankind have been powerless as yet to remove want and destitution, hard work and social discontent.

Although bordering on the lowest state of destitution—and that is a remarkably low state in London!

From every rank in society they had gravitated—but all were stamped with the same brand—destitution!

All that was pitiable and miserable in the land, sunken alike by ignorance and destitution.

An interesting feature of this case is the vagueness of the term "in need of relief," instead of "destitution."


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What are other ways to say destitution?

Destitution, a somewhat literary word, implies a state of having absolutely none of the necessities of life: widespread destitution in countries at war. Poverty denotes serious lack of the means for proper existence: living in a state of extreme poverty. Indigence denotes a severely impoverished condition that is without any of life’s comforts: reduced to a life of indigence.

On this page you'll find 42 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to destitution, such as: poverty, privation, and want.

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