2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Penury \Pen"u*ry\, noun [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. p['e]nurie.]

1. Absence of resources; want; privation; indigence; extreme poverty; destitution. "A penury of military forces." --Bacon.

They were exposed to hardship and penury. --Sprat.

It arises in neither from penury of thought. --Landor.

2. Penuriousness; miserliness. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless" [syn: {indigence}, {need}, {penury}, {pauperism}, {pauperization}]

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