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poverty

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Synonyms and Antonyms of poverty

  1. 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 Synonyms of poverty beggary, destituteness, destitution, impecuniosity, impecuniousness, impoverishment, indigence, necessity, need, neediness, pauperism, penuriousness, penury, poorness, want Words Related to poverty gutter, misery, woe, wretchedness; exigency; emergency, rainy day; austerity, deprivation, privation; bankruptcy, insolvency; belt-tightening, pinching, straitening Near Antonyms of poverty luxury, prosperity Antonyms of poverty affluence, opulence, richness, wealth, wealthiness

  2. 2 a falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number a poverty of information about the new policies Synonyms of poverty crunch, dearth, deficit, drought (also drouth), failure, famine, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency, lack, lacuna, paucity, pinch, deficiency, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, wantWords Related to poverty absence, omission; meagerness, poorness, skimpiness; necessity, need, privationNear Antonyms of poverty bountifulness, copiousness; excess, overabundance, oversupply, surfeit, surplusAntonyms of poverty abundance, adequacy, amplitude, opulence, plenitude, plenty, sufficiency, wealth

Synonym Discussion of poverty

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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