PRIVA'TION, noun [Latin privatio, from privo. See Private.]
1. The state of being deprived; particularly, deprivation or absence of what is necessary for comfort. He endures his privations with wonderful fortitude.
2. The act of removing something possessed; the removal or destruction of any thing or quality. The garrison was compelled by privation to surrender.
For what is this contagious sin of kind
But a privation of that grace within?
3. Absence, in general. Darkness is a privation of light.
4. The act of the mind in separating a thing from something appendant.
5. The act of degrading from rank or office.
[But in this sense, deprivation is now used. See Deprivation.]