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destitute

lacking the means of subsistence; totally impoverished
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He has no idea, poor wretch, of the spiritual destitution of a coral reef in the Pacific or what it costs to look up the precious souls among the coco-nuts and bread-fruit.
Many were the cries of astonishment and of commiseration which arose from them when they perceived the youth of one of the strangers and the destitution of the other.
Often and anxiously at this silent hour, her thoughts reverted to her grandfather, and she would wonder how much he remembered of their former life, and whether he was ever really mindful of the change in their condition and of their late helplessness and destitution.
It was more probable, therefore, that the descendants of a Pyncheon who had emigrated to Virginia, in some past generation, and became a great planter there,--hearing of Hepzibah's destitution, and impelled by the splendid generosity of character with which their Virginian mixture must have enriched the New England blood,--would send her a remittance of a thousand dollars, with a hint of repeating the favor annually.
But it was not likely that he had reference to the kind of anguish that comes with destitution, that is so endlessly bitter and cruel, and yet so sordid and petty, so ugly, so humiliating--unredeemed by the slightest touch of dignity or even of pathos.
Show me how to work, or how to seek work: that is all I now ask; then let me go, if it be but to the meanest cottage; but till then, allow me to stay here: I dread another essay of the horrors of homeless destitution.
He had not been there since his first interview with Bulstrode in the morning, having been found at the Hospital by the banker's messenger; and for the first time he was returning to his home without the vision of any expedient in the background which left him a hope of raising money enough to deliver him from the coming destitution of everything which made his married life tolerable-- everything which saved him and Rosamond from that bare isolation in which they would be forced to recognize how little of a comfort they could be to each other.
Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Ms Botlogile Tshireletso told Parliament that her ministry agrees that the P300 or less per month earning for somebody to be considered under the destitution programme is too low.
Council claims people have been put at risk of destitution
Reforms she helped bring into being have led to destitution, suicides and deaths, as well as making the lives of poor children colder and hungrier.
Eelu en 2014 apres la destitution par l'armee du president islamiste Mohamed Morsi, le marechal Sissi n'a cependant pas revele s'il comptait ou non etre candidat a un second mandat lors de l'election presidentielle prevue en mars 2018, a encore precise la meme source.
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