poverty-stricken


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pov·er·ty-strick·en

(pŏv′ər-tē-strĭk′ən)
adj.
Extremely poor: "the poverty-stricken masses of the globe who die wretchedly of hunger and disease" (Louis Auchincloss).

poverty-stricken

adj
suffering from extreme poverty

pov′erty-strick`en



adj.
extremely poor.
[1795–1805]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.poverty-stricken - poor enough to need help from others
poor - having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"

poverty-stricken

adjective penniless, broke (informal), bankrupt, impoverished, short, poor, distressed, beggared, needy, destitute, down and out, skint (Brit. slang), indigent, down at heel, impecunious, dirt-poor (informal), on the breadline, flat broke (informal), penurious, on your uppers, stony-broke (Brit. slang), in queer street, without two pennies to rub together (informal), on your beam-ends two poverty-stricken bag ladies

poverty-stricken

adjective
Translations

poverty-stricken

[ˈpɒvətɪˌstrɪkn] ADJ [person] → muy pobre, indigente; [area] → muy pobre
to be poverty-strickenestar en la miseria

poverty-stricken

[ˈpɒvətɪˌstrɪkn] adj (gen) → poverissimo/a (hum) (hard up) → al verde
References in classic literature ?
As the light looked so dim, and the place, for the time, looked quiet enough, and the dilapidated little wooden house itself looked as if it might have been carted here from the ruins of some burnt district, and as the swinging sign had a poverty-stricken sort of creak to it, I thought that here was the very spot for cheap lodgings, and the best of pea coffee.
At any rate, with a great deal of strange, unordered learning and no degree, and with his fortune still to make, Samuel returned to his poverty-stricken home.
On one side, the rich quarter stands squarely with its airy and lofty houses, laid out in regular order; on the other, is huddled together the poor quarter, a miserable collection of low hovels of a conical shape, in which a poverty-stricken multitude vegetate rather than live, since Kouka is neither a trading nor a commercial city.
THE poverty-stricken aspect of the street when we entered it, the dirty and dilapidated condition of the house when we drew up at the door, would have warned most men, in my position, to prepare themselves for a distressing discovery when they were admitted to the interior of the dwelling.
And when the middle of the afternoon came, from being a poor poverty-stricken boy in the morning, Tom was literally rolling in wealth.
He hastened, therefore, to let the old chief know his poverty-stricken state, and how little there was to be expected from him.
Undoubtedly," said the daguerreotypist, "I do feel an interest in this antiquated, poverty-stricken old maiden lady, and this degraded and shattered gentleman,--this abortive lover of the beautiful.
Standing on that miserable eminence, she saw again her native village, in Old England, and her paternal home: a decayed house of grey stone, with a poverty-stricken aspect, but retaining a half obliterated shield of arms over the portal, in token of antique gentility.
Babies come without any consideration for holidays, and there was one expected in a poverty-stricken household at Glen St.
The poverty-stricken street, the squalid mob round the door, swam before his eyes.
I do not believe that any state should make a law that permits an ignorant and poverty-stricken white man to vote, and prevents a black man in the same condition from voting.
The establishment of the basket-maker was an example set before these poverty-stricken folk that they might profit by it.