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 for privation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Privation \Pri*va"tion\ (pr[-i]*v[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [L. privatio:
     cf. F. privation. See Private.]
     1. The act of depriving, or taking away; hence, the depriving
        of rank or office; degradation in rank; deprivation.
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     2. The state of being deprived or destitute of something,
        especially of something required or desired; destitution;
        need; as, to undergo severe privations.
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     3. The condition of being absent; absence; negation.
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              Evil will be known by consequence, as being only a
              privation, or absence, of good.       --South.
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              Privation mere of light and absent day. --Milton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a state of extreme poverty [syn: privation, want,
           deprivation, neediness]
      2: act of depriving someone of food or money or rights;
         "nutritional privation"; "deprivation of civil rights" [syn:
         privation, deprivation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  75 Moby Thesaurus words for "privation":
     abridgment, bare cupboard, bare subsistence, beggarliness, beggary,
     bereavement, cost, curtailment, damage, dead loss, dearth, debit,
     default, defect, denial, denudation, deprivation, deprivement,
     despoilment, destitution, destruction, detriment, disburdening,
     disburdenment, disentitlement, dispossession, distress, divestment,
     empty purse, expense, forfeit, forfeiture, grinding poverty, gripe,
     hand-to-mouth existence, hardship, homelessness, impecuniousness,
     impoverishment, indigence, injury, lack, loser, losing,
     losing streak, loss, mendicancy, misery, mislaying, misplacement,
     misplacing, miss, moneylessness, necessitousness, necessity, need,
     neediness, pauperism, pauperization, penury, perdition, pinch,
     poorness, poverty, relieving, robbery, ruin, sacrifice, spoliation,
     straits, stripping, suffering, taking away, total loss, want

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