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deprivation

noun [C or U] uk   /ˌdep.rɪˈveɪ.ʃən/ us  
C2 a situation in which you do not have things or conditions that are usually considered necessary for a pleasant life: They used sleep deprivation as a form of torture. There is awful deprivation in the shanty towns. There were food shortages and other deprivations during the Civil War.
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