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English Dictionary: penury by the DICT Development Group
2 results for penury
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless"
    Synonym(s): indigence, need, penury, pauperism, pauperization
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.
      1. Absence of resources; want; privation; indigence; extreme
            poverty; destitution. [bd]A penury of military forces.[b8]
                     They were exposed to hardship and penury. --Sprat.
                     It arises in neither from penury of thought.
      2. Penuriousness; miserliness. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.
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