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DEPRIVE, verb transitive [Latin To take away.]

1. To take from; to bereave of something possessed or enjoyed; followed by of; as, to deprive a man of sight; to deprive one of strength, of reason, or of property. This has a general signification, applicable to a lawful or unlawful taking.

God hath deprived her of wisdom. Job 39:17.

2. To hinder from possessing or enjoying; to debar.

From his face I shall be hid, deprived of his blessed countenance.

[This use of the word is not legitimate, but common.]

3. To free or release from.

4. To divest of an ecclesiastical preferment, dignity or office; to divest of orders; as a bishop, prebend or vicar.