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- (philosophy) The state of being deprived of or lacking an attribute formerly or properly possessed; the loss or absence of such an attribute.
- The state of being very poor, and lacking the basic necessities of life.
- 1820 July, Geoffrey Crayon [pseudonym; Washington Irving], “Traits of Indian Character”, in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., volume II, 1st UK edition, London: John Murray, […], OCLC 1024096025, page 213:
- His [the Native American's] nature is stern, simple and enduring; fitted to grapple with difficulties, and to support privations.
- The act of depriving someone of such basic necessities; deprivation.
- (obsolete) Degradation or suspension from an office.
- 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 1, page 299:
- Refinement and amusement, like knowledge, are so diffused now-a-days, that an exile from the royal circle would be a nominal punishment; but it then included every species of privation. The theatre—at that era such a resource—balls, fêtes, &c., to say nothing of worldly influence, were all forfeited by a banishment from court, the centre of all the pleasures, variety, and ambition of society.
Lack of something
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- John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors (1989), “privation”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, →ISBN.
privation f (plural privations)