- destitute des‧ti‧tute [ˈdesttjuːt ǁ -tuːt] adjectivehaving no money, no food, and nowhere to live:
• San Francisco has targeted the problems of street litter and homelessness by hiring destitute citizens to perform jobs cleaning up the city.— destitution noun [uncountable] :
• Many low-paid workers are living on the brink of destitution.
* * *destitute UK US /ˈdestɪtjuːt/ adjective► without money, food, a home, or possessions: »
During the global economic crisis many people were left destitute.destitution noun [U]► »
Poverty and destitution are widespread in the country.
Financial and business terms. 2012.