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English definition of “privation”

privation

noun [C or U]     /praɪˈveɪ.ʃən/ formal
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 noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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