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Definitions of poverty

  1. the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Any deficiency of elements or resources that are needed or desired, or that constitute richness; as, poverty of soil; poverty of the blood; poverty of ideas. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. Want; indigence; poorness. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. The state of being poor; destitution. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. The state of being poor; poorness; indigence; sterility; barrenness of sentiment or ornament; defect: defect of words. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. Want of sufficient means of subsistence; penury; defect or barrenness, as of words. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for poverty

  1. I set myself an aim in life, to lift me and mine from poverty – Foes by Mary Johnston
  2. You were the friend of his poverty Edward; he never forgot that." – John Marchmont's Legacy, Volume I (of 3) by Mary E. Braddon
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