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Meaning of POVERTY

Pronunciation:  'pâvurtee

WordNet Dictionary
[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
\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.

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

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