penury


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pen·u·ry

 (pĕn′yə-rē)
n.
Extreme want or poverty; destitution.

[Middle English penurie, from Latin pēnūria, want.]

penury

(ˈpɛnjʊrɪ)
n
1. extreme poverty
2. extreme scarcity
[C15: from Latin pēnūria dearth, of obscure origin]

pen•u•ry

(ˈpɛn yə ri)

n.
1. extreme poverty; destitution.
2. scarcity or lack; insufficiency.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin pēnūria; akin to Greek peîna hunger, penía poverty]

penury

extreme poverty or destitution. — penurious, adj.
See also: Poverty
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.penury - a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless"
impoverishment, poorness, poverty - the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
mendicancy, mendicity, beggary - the state of being a beggar or mendicant; "they were reduced to mendicancy"

penury

penury

noun
Translations

penury

[ˈpenjʊrɪ] Nmiseria f, penuria f
to live in penuryvivir en la penuria or miseria
to be reduced to penuryquedarse en la miseria

penury

[ˈpɛnjəri] nmisère f

penury

nArmut f, → Not f; in a state of penuryin Armut

penury

[ˈpɛnjʊrɪ] n (frm) → indigenza
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Poor Jurgis, who had in truth grown more matter-of-fact, under the endless pressure of penury, would not know what to make of these things, and could only try to recollect when he had last been cross; and so Ona would have to forgive him and sob herself to sleep.
Elton's notice and the penury of her conversation, rather than return to the superior companions who have always loved her with such real, generous affection.
His mother explained to him her liberal designs, in case of his marrying Miss Morton; told him she would settle on him the Norfolk estate, which, clear of land-tax, brings in a good thousand a-year; offered even, when matters grew desperate, to make it twelve hundred; and in opposition to this, if he still persisted in this low connection, represented to him the certain penury that must attend the match.
Beauty by itself attracts the desires of all who behold it, and the royal eagles and birds of towering flight stoop on it as on a dainty lure; but if beauty be accompanied by want and penury, then the ravens and the kites and other birds of prey assail it, and she who stands firm against such attacks well deserves to be called the crown of her husband.
Out of all his past opulence du Bousquier saved only twelve hundred francs a year from an investment in the Grand Livre, which he had happened to place there by pure caprice, and which saved him from penury.
During his early youth he had to contend against the machinations of a malignant uncle, who would have robbed him of his large possessions, and left him in black despair, to have eaten the bread of penury.
Besides, a big house here, and especially in this quartier perdu, proves nothing at all: it is perfectly compatible with a state of penury.
Whereas, contrariwise, the close and reserved living of noblemen and gentlemen, causeth a penury of military forces.
Her relatives considered that the penury of her table discredited the Mingott name, which had always been associated with good living; but people continued to come to her in spite of the "made dishes" and flat champagne, and in reply to the remonstrances of her son Lovell (who tried to retrieve the family credit by having the best chef in New York) she used to say laughingly: "What's the use of two good cooks in one family, now that I've married the girls and can't eat sauces?
He left it on his marriage, and settled down on a small property he had near Quimper to live for the rest of his days in peace; but the failure of an attorney left him suddenly penniless, and neither he nor his wife was willing to live in penury where they had enjoyed consideration.
Philip could not wrench out of his nature the instincts of the middle-class from which he came; and the penury, the hack work which Cronshaw did to keep body and soul together, the monotony of existence between the slovenly attic and the cafe table, jarred with his respectability.
The State discovers how many of them can bear hunger, thirst, and penury without breaking down, how many can toil without revolting against it; it learns which temperaments can bear up under the horrible experience-- or if you like, the disease--of government official life.