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Meaning of POVERTY

Pronunciation:  'pâvurtee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
 

POVERTY is a 7 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: impoverishment, poorness
 
 Antonyms: wealth, wealthiness
 
 See Also: beggary, deprivation, destitution, economic condition, financial condition, impecuniousness, indigence, need, pauperism, pauperization, pennilessness, penuriousness, penury, privation, want

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Pov"er*ty\ (p[o^]v"[~e]r*t[y^]), n. [OE. poverte, OF.
povert['e], F. pauvret['e], fr. L. paupertas, fr. pauper
poor. See {Poor}.]
1. The quality or state of being poor or indigent; want or
   scarcity of means of subsistence; indigence; need.
   ``Swathed in numblest poverty.'' --Keble.

         The drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty.
                                               --Prov. xxiii.
                                               21.

2. Any deficiency of elements or resources that are needed or
   desired, or that constitute richness; as, poverty of soil;
   poverty of the blood; poverty of ideas.

{Poverty grass} (Bot.), a name given to several slender
   grasses (as {Aristida dichotoma}, and {Danthonia spicata})
   which often spring up on old and worn-out fields.

Syn: Indigence; penury; beggary; need; lack; want;
     scantiness; sparingness; meagerness; jejuneness.

Usage: {Poverty}, {Indigence}, {Pauperism}. Poverty is a
       relative term; what is poverty to a monarch, would be
       competence for a day laborer. Indigence implies
       extreme distress, and almost absolute destitution.
       Pauperism denotes entire dependence upon public
       charity, and, therefore, often a hopeless and degraded
       state.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: beggary, dearth, destitution, difficulty, distress, embarrassment, exigency, hand-to-mouth existence, hardship, impecuniousness, impoverishment, inadequacy, indigence, insolvency, insufficiency, juncture, lack, mendicancy, necessity, need, neediness, pass, paucity, pauperism, pennilessness, penury, pinch, poorness, privation, rareness, rarity, scant, scant sufficiency, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, sparseness, sparsity, strait, suffering, uncommonness, unprosperousness, want
 

 

 

 

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