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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.
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