Definition of destitution:
adversity (part of speech: noun)
- hard times,
- bad luck,
- rainy day,
- hard luck
- poverty (part of speech: noun)
He remembered the vacant bed at the Asylum, which Baroness Duvillard had promised to keep in reserve until he should have asked Abbe Rose if he knew of any case of destitution particularly worthy of interest; and so before sitting down to table he spoke of the matter.- "Paris From the "Three Cities"", Emile Zola.
To that proposal, according to your account of his destitution, he must come sooner or later; and I am glad to see that he has in yourself so judicious an adviser"- a compliment which by no means consoled the miserable Poole.- "What Will He Do With It, Book 7.", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
- "The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day", Evelyn Underhill.