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1 the state of lacking sufficient money or material possessions
  • he dreamed of finding a good job and working his way out of poverty and debt

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2 a falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number
  • a poverty of information about the new policies

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poverty, indigence, penury, want, destitution mean the state of one with insufficient resources. poverty may cover a range from extreme want of necessities to an absence of material comforts. the extreme poverty of the slum dwellers indigence implies seriously straitened circumstances. the indigence of her years as a graduate student penury suggests a cramping or oppressive lack of money. a catastrophic illness that condemned them to years of penury want and destitution imply extreme poverty that threatens life itself through starvation or exposure. lived in a perpetual state of want the widespread destitution in countries beset by famine

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The first known use of poverty was in the 12th century

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“Poverty.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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