The Closing Word: Privation

The Closing Word: PrivationThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (pry-VAY-shun)

1. act of depriving someone of food or money or rights
2. a state of extreme poverty

From “Privation has become a rather old-fashioned word, and these days the word is often used with irony: present day privations are usually of the order of not having wireless Internet or video games. It’s interesting to compare privation with the similar word deprivation, which is used more commonly now. Deprivation usually suggests that someone or something has actually caused the privation.”

“Those who have established wealth and home ownership have a moral obligation to help those living in privation.”


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