Definition of Penury

1. Noun. A state of extreme poverty or destitution. "A general state of need exists among the homeless"

Exact synonyms: Indigence, Need, Pauperism, Pauperization
Generic synonyms: Impoverishment, Poorness, Poverty
Specialized synonyms: Beggary, Mendicancy, Mendicity
Derivative terms: Indigent, Needy, Pauperize, Penurious



Definition of Penury

1. n. Absence of resources; want; privation; indigence; extreme poverty; destitution.

Definition of Penury

1. Noun. extreme want; poverty; destitution. ¹

2. Noun. a lack of something; a dearth; barrenness; insufficiency. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Penury

1. extreme poverty [n -RIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Penury

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penuriousnesses
penurities
penurity
penury (current term)
penwiper
penwipers
penwoman
penwomen
penzhinite
peon
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peonages
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peonies
peonism
peonisms
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Literary usage of Penury

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1. The Vicar of Wakefield: Der Landprediger Von Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith (1857)
"The separation of friends and families is, perhaps, one of the most distressful circumstances attendant on penury. The day soon arrived on which we were to ..."

2. Modern American Poetry by Louis Untermeyer (1921)
"And a score of hands to swing him clear. A grim black thing for the setting sun And the moon and the stars to look upon. penury Above his ..."

3. Modern American Poetry by Louis Untermeyer (1921)
"And a score of hands to swing him clear. A grim black thing for the setting sun And the moon and the stars to look upon. penury Above his ..."

4. The Works of Washington Irving by Washington Irving (1853)
"Shifts of a man without money.—The pestle and mortar.—Theatricals in a barn.—Launch upon London.—A city night scene.—Struggles with penury. ..."

5. Works by Washington Irving (1897)
"... Launch upon London—A City Night-Scene—Struggles with penury—Miseries of a Tutor—A Doctor in the Suburb—Poor Practice and Second-hand Finery—A Tragedy in ..."

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