Penury is the state of being extremely poor. [FORMAL]

He was brought up in penury, without education.

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  • penury — index bankruptcy, dearth, deficiency, indigence, need (deprivation), poverty, privation Burton s Legal Thesa …   Law dictionary

  • penury — early 15c., from M.Fr. pénurie, from L. penuria want, need, related to paene scarcely …   Etymology dictionary

  • penury — *poverty, indigence, want, destitution, privation Analogous words: *need, necessity, exigency: pinch, strait, pass, *juncture Antonyms: luxury …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • penury — ► NOUN ▪ extreme poverty. ORIGIN Latin penuria …   English terms dictionary

  • penury — [pen′yo͞o rē, pen′yərē] n. [ME pennury < L penuria, want, scarcity < paene, scarcely: see PASSION] lack of money, property, or necessities; extreme poverty; destitution SYN. POVERTY …   English World dictionary

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  • penury — pen|u|ry [ˈpenjuri] n [U] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: penuria] formal the state of being very poor = ↑poverty ▪ He died in penury in 1644. >penurious [pıˈnjuəriəs US ˈnur ] adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • penury — noun (U) formal the state of being very poor; poverty: families living in penury …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • penury — noun Dylan was oblivious to his brother s wretched state of penury Syn: extreme poverty, destitution, pennilessness, impecuniousness, impoverishment, indigence, pauperism, privation, beggary …   Thesaurus of popular words

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