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  1. deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "couldn't rescue the poor fellow"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. yielding little by great labor; "a hardscrabble farm"; "poor soil" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. not sufficient to meet a need; "an inadequate income"; "a poor salary"; "money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short on experience" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. moderate to inferior in quality; "they improved the quality from mediocre to above average"; "he would make a poor spy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. unsatisfactory; "a poor light for reading"; "poor morale" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. low in degree; "expectations were poor" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. badly supplied with desirable qualities or substances; "a poor land"; "the area was poor in timber and coal"; "food poor in nutritive value" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. characterized by or indicating lack of money; "the country had a poor economy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Destitute of property; wanting in material riches or goods; needy; indigent. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. So completely destitute of property as to be entitled to maintenance from the public. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. Destitute of such qualities as are desirable, or might naturally be expected Newage Dictionary DB
  13. Wanting in fat, plumpness, or fleshiness; lean; emaciated; meager; as, a poor horse, ox, dog, etc. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. Wanting in strength or vigor; feeble; dejected; as, poor health; poor spirits. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. Of little value or worth; not good; inferior; shabby; mean; as, poor clothes; poor lodgings. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. Destitute of fertility; exhausted; barren; sterile; -- said of land; as, poor soil. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. Destitute of beauty, fitness, or merit; as, a poor discourse; a poor picture. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. Without prosperous conditions or good results; unfavorable; unfortunate; unconformable; as, a poor business; the sick man had a poor night. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. Inadequate; insufficient; insignificant; as, a poor excuse. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. Worthy of pity or sympathy; -- used also sometimes as a term of endearment, or as an expression of modesty, and sometimes as a word of contempt. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. A small European codfish (Gadus minutus); -- called also power cod. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. Poorly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Having little or no means; lacking riches; lacking in good qualities; without strength; without beauty; dejected; spiritless; humble; lean; inferior; without fertility; scanty; calling forth tenderness or pity. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25. Poorness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. Without means: needy: spiritless: depressed: (B.) humble: contrite: wanting in appearance: lean: wanting in strength: weak: wanting in value: inferior: wanting in fertility: sterile: wanting in fitness, beauty, or dignity: trifling: paltry: dear (endearingly). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27. Needy; lean; inferior; sterile; pitiable. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. Destitute; indigent; inferior; paltry; pitiable; unhappy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. Destitute of property; indigent; necessitous; destitute of strength, beauty or dignity; barren; mean; jejune; destitute of worth or weight; of little worth; dejected; destitute of spirit; lean; small; wanting in good qualities; an expression of tenderness, pity or contempt. The poor, those who are destitute of property, and specially such as depend on charity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. Having small means; needy; of little or no use or value; paltry; mean; wanting in strength, beauty, or dignity; not fertile, as a soil; worthy of compassion; spiritless; dejected; lean; emaciated; without good qualities; wretched or miserable, in contempt; in Scrip., humble or contrite. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. The general kindly spirit of the law toward the poor is sufficiently shown by such passages as ( 15:7 ) for the reason that (ver. 11) "the poor shall never cease out of the land." Among the special enactments in their favor the following must be mentioned: 1. The right of gleaning. ( Leviticus 19:9 Leviticus 19:10 ; deuteronomy 24:19 deuteronomy 24:21 ) 2. From the produce of the land in sabbatical years the poor and the stranger were to have their portion. ( Exodus 23:11 ; Leviticus 25:6 ) 3. Re-entry upon land in the jubilee year, with the limitation as to town homes. ( Leviticus 25:25-30 ) 4. Prohibition of usury and of retention of pledges. ( Exodus 22:25-27 ; Leviticus 25:3 Leviticus 25:5 Leviticus 25:37 ) etc. 5. Permanent bondage forbidden, and manumission of Hebrew bondmen or bondwomen enjoined in the sabbatical and jubilee years. ( Leviticus 25:39-42 Leviticus 25:47-54 ; 15:12-15 ) 6. Portions from the tithes to be shared by the poor after the Levites. ( 14:28 ; deuteronomy 26:12 deuteronomy 26:13 ) 7. The poor to partake in entertainments at the feasts of Weeks and Tabernacles. ( deuteronomy 16:11 deuteronomy 16:14 ) see Nehe 8:10 8. Daily payment of wages. ( Leviticus 19:13 ) Principles similar to those laid down by Moses are inculcated in the New Testament, as ( Luke 3:11 ; 14:13 ; Acts 6:1 ; Galatians 2:10 ; James 2:15 ) biblestudytools.com
  32. As used in law, this term denotes those who are so destitute of property or of the means of support, either from their own labor or the care of relatives, as to be a public charge, that is, dependent either on the charity of the general public or on maintenance at the expense of the public. The term is synonymous with "Indigent persons" and "paupers." See State v. Osawkee Tp., 14 Kan. 421, 19 Am. Rep. 99; In re Hoffen's Estate, 70 Wis. 522. 36 N. W. 407; Heuser v. Harris, 42 111. 430; Juneau County v. Wood County. :09 Wis. 330, 85 N. W. 3S7; Sayres v. Springfield, 8 N. J. Law, 109. thelawdictionary.org
  33. The Mosaic legislation regarding the poor is specially important. They had the right of gleaning the fields ( Leviticus 19:9 Leviticus 19:10 ; Deuteronomy 24:19 Deuteronomy 24:21 ). biblestudytools.com
  34. The Mosaic legislation regarding the poor is specially important. In the sabbatical year they were to have their share of the produce of the fields and the vineyards ( Exodus 23:11 ; Leviticus 25:6 ). biblestudytools.com
  35. The Mosaic legislation regarding the poor is specially important. In the year of jubilee they recovered their property ( Leviticus 25:25-30 ). biblestudytools.com
  36. The Mosaic legislation regarding the poor is specially important. Usury was forbidden, and the pledged raiment was to be returned before the sun went down ( Exodus 22:25-27 ; Deuteronomy 24:10-13 ). The rich were to be generous to the poor ( Deuteronomy 15:7-11 ). biblestudytools.com
  37. The Mosaic legislation regarding the poor is specially important. In the sabbatical and jubilee years the bond-servant was to go free ( Deuteronomy 15:12-15 ; Leviticus 25:39-42 Leviticus 25:47-54 ). biblestudytools.com
  38. The Mosaic legislation regarding the poor is specially important. Certain portions from the tithes were assigned to the poor ( Deuteronomy 14:28 Deuteronomy 14:29 ; Deuteronomy 26:12 Deuteronomy 26:13 ). biblestudytools.com
  39. The Mosaic legislation regarding the poor is specially important. They shared in the feasts ( Deuteronomy 16:11 Deuteronomy 16:14 ; Nehemiah 8:10 ). biblestudytools.com
  40. The Mosaic legislation regarding the poor is specially important. Wages were to be paid at the close of each day ( Leviticus 19:13 ). In the New Testament ( Luke 3:11 ; 14:13 ; Acts 6:1 ; Galatians 2:10 ; James 2:15 James 2:16 ) we have similar injunctions given with reference to the poor. Begging was not common under the Old Testament, while it was so in the New Testament times ( Luke 16:20 Luke 16:21 , etc.). But begging in the case of those who are able to work is forbidden, and all such are enjoined to "work with their own hands" as a Christian duty ( 1 Thessalonians 4:11 ; 2 th 3:7-13 ; Ephesians 4:28 ). This word is used figuratively in Matthew 5:3 ; Luke 6:20 ; 2 co 8:9 ; Revelation 3:17 . These dictionary topics are fromM.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible DictionaryBibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Poor". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". . biblestudytools.com
  41. p[=oo]r, adj. having little or nothing: without means: needy: spiritless: depressed: (B.) humble: contrite: wanting in appearance: lean: wanting in strength: weak: wanting in value: inferior: wanting in fertility: sterile: wanting in fitness, beauty, or dignity: trifling: paltry: dear (endearingly).--ns. POOR'HOUSE, a house established at the public expense for sheltering the poor: an almshouse; POOR'JOHN (Shak.), a coarse kind of fish, the hake when salted.--n.pl. POOR'-LAWS, laws providing for the support of the poor.--adv. POOR'LY.--ns. POOR'NESS; POOR'-RATE, a rate or tax for the support of the poor; POOR'-ROB'IN, an almanac; POOR'S'-BOX, a box for receiving contributions to the poor.--adj. POOR'-SPIR'ITED, cowardly: mean.--ns. POOR'-SPIR'ITEDNESS, cowardice; POOR'S'-ROLL (Scots law), the list of poor persons who are litigants, but unable to pay the expenses of litigation, and therefore are allowed to sue in formâ pauperis.--POOR MAN OF MUTTON (Scot.), cold mutton broiled, esp. the shoulder; POOR MAN'S HERB, the hedge-hyssop; POOR WILL, a common American bird of the genus Phalænoptilus.--THE POOR, poor people collectively: those depending on public or private charity. [O. Fr. poure, povre (Fr. pauvre)--L. pauper, poor.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  42. Wanting means to procure comforts or necessaries of life, needy, indigent; ill supplied, deficient, (in a possession or quality); (of soil) unproductive; scanty, inadequate, less than is expected, as the crop was p., a p. three weeks\' holiday; paltry, sorry, as that is a p. consolation; spiritless, despicable, as he is a p. creature; humble, insignificant, (often iron. or facet., as in my p. opinion); (expr. pity or sympathy) unfortunate, hapless, as p. fellow!, the p. child is inconsolable; the p., (esp.) those dependent on charitable or parochial relief; p.-box, money-box esp. in church for relief of the p.; p.-house, workhouse; p.-law (relating to support of paupers); p. man\'s weather-glass. pimpernel; p.-rate, rate, assessment, for relief or support of the p.; p.-spirited, timid, cowardly. [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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