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destitute

lacking the means of subsistence; totally impoverished
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These plains, however, had not always been equally destitute of wood, as was evident from the trunks of the trees which the travellers repeatedly met with, some still standing, others lying about in broken fragments, but all in a fossil state, having flourished in times long past.
For, occupied incessantly with the consideration of the limits prescribed to their power by nature, they became so entirely convinced that nothing was at their disposal except their own thoughts, that this conviction was of itself sufficient to prevent their entertaining any desire of other objects; and over their thoughts they acquired a sway so absolute, that they had some ground on this account for esteeming themselves more rich and more powerful, more free and more happy, than other men who, whatever be the favors heaped on them by nature and fortune, if destitute of this philosophy, can never command the realization of all their desires.
I flatter myself the progress already made will have sufficed to satisfy the candid and judicious part of the community that some of the objections which have been most strenuously urged against the Constitution, and which were most formidable in their first appearance, are not only destitute of substance, but if they had operated in the formation of the plan, would have rendered it incompetent to the great ends of public happiness and national prosperity.
Next, after long negotiations and vacillations, coupled with much vivid description of our destitute position, our desolation, and our helplessness, Anna invited us to pay her (as she expressed it) a "return visit." For this my mother duly thanked her, and considered the invitation for a while; after which, seeing that there was nothing else to be done, she informed Anna Thedorovna that she was prepared, gratefully, to accept her offer.
There certainly were evidences, however, that the country was not always equally destitute of game.
He said that Jinnah visited the first welfare center of the Anjuman in 1944, expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made for the orphans and destitute children and donated a sum of Rs500 as a token of appreciation.
It was filled with images of an impoverished land teeming with destitute people with barely enough room to move (Aug.
PESHAWAR -- Dir Welfare Organization, in collaboration with district administration, have distributed Ramadan ration among local destitute women and children here at Ejaz Abad, Gulbahar.
LAHORE -- Provincial Minister for Minority Affairs and Human Rights Khalil Tahir Sandhu has said that sharing of Christmas joys with the poor and destitute persons is the real spirit of this festival.
They were practically destitute, and the inhabitants of Pictou, themselves in dire straits, could provide meagre help.
LOWER DIR -- Dir Scouts 185 Wing and a local welfare organization, Karwan distributed Ramzan package among needy and destitute in a ceremony held here Friday.
KARACHI -- Pakistan Red Crescent Sindh with the support of Turkish Red Crescent distributed qurbani meat among low income families as well centres for destitute in Karachi.