Definitions for penuryˈpɛn yə ri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pen•u•ryˈpɛn yə ri(n.)

  1. extreme poverty; destitution.

  2. scarcity or lack; insufficiency.

Origin of penury:

1400–50; late ME < L pēnūria; akin to Gk peîna hunger, penía poverty

Princeton's WordNet

  1. indigence, need, penury, pauperism, pauperization(noun)

    a state of extreme poverty or destitution

    "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless"


  1. penury(Noun)

    extreme want; poverty; destitution.

  2. penury(Noun)

    a lack of something; a dearth; barrenness; insufficiency.

  3. Origin: From pénurie, from penuria.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Penury(noun)

    absence of resources; want; privation; indigence; extreme poverty; destitution

  2. Penury(noun)

    penuriousness; miserliness

Anagrams of penury

  1. pruney


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