penury

  • 1 Penury — Pen u*ry, n. [L. penuria; cf. Gr. ? hunger, ? poverty, need, ? one who works for his daily bread, a poor man, ? to work for one s daily bread, to be poor: cf. F. p[ e]nurie.] 1. Absence of resources; want; privation; indigence; extreme poverty;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

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

    Etymology dictionary

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 penury — ► NOUN ▪ extreme poverty. ORIGIN Latin penuria …

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  • 6 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 …

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  • 7 penury — [[t]pe̱njʊri[/t]] N UNCOUNT Penury is the state of being extremely poor. [FORMAL] He was brought up in penury, without education …

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  • 8 penury — [ penjʊrɪ] to commit penury …

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  • 9 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

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

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 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

  • 12 penury — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin penuria, paenuria want; perhaps akin to Latin paene almost Date: 14th century 1. a cramping and oppressive lack of resources (as money); especially severe poverty 2. extreme and often niggardly frugality …

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  • 13 penury — /pen yeuh ree/, n. 1. extreme poverty; destitution. 2. scarcity; dearth; inadequacy; insufficiency. [1400 50; late ME < L penuria; akin to Gk peîna hunger, penía poverty] Syn. 1. indigence, need, want. Ant. 1. wealth. * * * …

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  • 14 penury — noun /ˈpɛnjʊri/ a) extreme want; poverty; destitution. b) a lack of something; a dearth; barrenness; insufficiency …

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  • 15 penury — Synonyms and related words: bare cupboard, bare subsistence, beggarliness, beggary, deprivation, destitution, empty purse, grinding poverty, gripe, hand to mouth existence, homelessness, impecuniousness, impoverishment, indigence, lack,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 penury — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. poverty, lack, indigence, destitution, pauperism. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. need, bankruptcy, destitution; see poverty 1 . See Synonym Study at poverty . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The condition of …

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  • 17 penury — pen|u|ry [ penjuri ] noun uncount FORMAL the state of being extremely poor …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 penury — pen·u·ry || penjÉ™rɪ / jÊŠr n. poverty, indigence; stinginess, miserliness …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 penury — [ pɛnjʊri] noun extreme poverty. Origin ME: from L. penuria need, scarcity ; perh. related to paene almost …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 penury — n. Indigence, destitution, extreme poverty, want, need …

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