Meaning of “privation” in the English Dictionary

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"privation" in British English

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privationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /praɪˈveɪ.ʃən/ us /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.

(Definition of “privation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)