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China has made remarkable, remarkable strides in the past 20 years, lifting a half a billion people out of poverty.

The crop is so important that government insiders consider its development synonymous with the eradication of poverty in Malaysia.

Such a shift in population is likely to increase poverty and widen the gulf between the rich and the poor.

Its 2008 adoption of GM cotton for smallholder farmers was hailed as an example of how these technologies could alleviate poverty and food insecurity by protecting crops from pests and increasing yields.

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Whether a kid faces poverty or neglect, “the way you start out in life tends to continue,” Gunnar says.

Getting men to do their share of care and domestic work is a key overlooked strategy in reducing poverty.

It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are totally committed in our time.

The losers have always been children in poverty, children of color, and children with disabilities.

Nor do these studies address the structural and systematic issues that contribute to obesity, such as poverty and stress.

World peace, religious tolerance, and an end to global poverty, hunger, and disease.

And our views of poverty and social betterment, or what is possible and what is not, are still largely conditioned by it.

In the old world, poverty seemed, and poverty was, the natural and inevitable lot of the greater portion of mankind.

He passed the latter part of his life in poverty, and towards the close of it, was confined in a madhouse.

Seen thus poverty became rather a blessing than a curse, or at least a dispensation prescribing the proper lot of man.

Even if poverty were gone, the flail could still beat hard enough upon the grain and chaff of humanity.


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What are other ways to say poverty?

Poverty denotes serious lack of the means for proper existence: living in a state of extreme poverty. Destitution, a somewhat more literary word, implies a state of having absolutely none of the necessities of life: widespread destitution in countries at war. Indigence denotes a severely impoverished condition marked by hardship and the lack of any of life’s comforts: reduced to a life of indigence.

On this page you'll find 80 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to poverty, such as: bankruptcy, debt, deficit, difficulty, famine, and hardship.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.