Examples of poverty in a Sentence
He was born in poverty.
There is a poverty of information about the disease.
Recent Examples of poverty from the Web
According to the most recent Census data, 20 percent of Miami-Dade County residents live in poverty, and 21 percent of those under 65 don’t have health insurance.
Thirty-eight percent of the households in Wilcox County live in poverty.
Jamie McGoldrick, the U.N. humanitarian chief in Yemen, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that poverty and disease are visibly spreading amid the havoc of war.
The plan is part of the government’s effort to ward off any unrest over economic reform measures taken in a nation where nearly half the population lives near or below the poverty line.
Amid continuing poverty and other social ills, restiveness among minority Muslims has continued.
Marie Rumsby, the senior adviser for food security at Global Citizen, an advocacy group, said that a general stinginess has undercut efforts to promote anti-poverty initiatives.
Yet 93 percent of SNAP benefits go to households falling below the poverty line; 58 percent to families living halfway below it, which would mean three people, for instance, collectively earning about $11,000 a year.
In the intervening decades, China's economic miracle has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty, but it's also sent real estate prices sky-high.
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Origin and Etymology of poverty
Middle English poverte, from Anglo-French poverté, from Latin paupertat-, paupertas, from pauper poor — more at poor
First Known Use: 12th century
Synonym Discussion of poverty
POVERTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of poverty for English Language Learners
: the state of being poor
: a lack of something
POVERTY Defined for Kids
Definition of poverty for Students
: the condition of being poor : lack of money or possessions
Medical Definition of poverty
: debility due to malnutrition evidence of poverty in calves
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