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noun as in poverty

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Or perhaps the plague of Strawberry Quick-flavored meth that was luring children into a life of addiction and penury.

Relative obscurity and penury, her anthem claims, rule just as hard as the point-oh-oh-one percent realm of excess and access.

Larry, it looks like traveling up the royal road you slashed through the forest of penury.

But to herself Jess Morse thought: And it would mean the difference, for mother and me, between penury and independence!

Notwithstanding her popularity and patronage, she died in France in great obscurity and penury.

Hunger and penury had carved lines as easy to read in her face as the traces of asceticism and fear.

Hundreds of families were burned out, and reduced from opulence, or at least competency, to penury.

The towns of the old world have alternations of penury and affluence.


On this page you'll find 28 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to penury, such as: barrenness, dearth, destitution, indigence, insufficiency, and need.

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