What does penury mean?

Definitions for penuryˈpɛn yə ri

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word penury.

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

  3. Origin: [L. penuria; cf. Gr. hunger, poverty, need, one who works for his daily bread, a poor man, to work for one's daily bread, to be poor: cf. F. pnurie.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Penury

    pen′ū-ri, n. want: absence of means or resources: great poverty.—adj. Penū′rious, showing penury: not bountiful: too saving: sordid: miserly.—adv. Penū′riously.—n. Penū′riousness. [Fr.,—L. penuria; Gr. peina, hunger, penēs, poor.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of penury in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of penury in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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Translations for penury

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • ένδεια, πενία, ανέχεια, ανεπάρκειαGreek
  • malriĉoEsperanto
  • недостаток, нужда, нищетаRussian
  • біднота́Ukrainian

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