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English definition of “privation”

privation

noun [C or U] uk   /praɪˈveɪ.ʃən/ formal us  
a lack of the basic things that are necessary for an acceptable standard of living: Economic privation is pushing the poor towards crime. Several villages suffered serious privations during their long isolation during the war.Poverty and poor
(Definition of privation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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