Origin of penuryMiddle English pennury from Classical Latin penuria, want, scarcity from paene, scarcely: see passion
Penury is defined as extreme poverty or lacking basic necessities.
An example of penury is a life without shelter, food, clothing or water.
Extreme want or poverty; destitution.
Origin of penuryMiddle English penurie from Latin pēnūria want
- The result of his experiments was that he found himself completely impoverished, and lived in penury for the remainder of his life.
- He soon rose from penury to ease, and married a painter's beautiful daughter, Maria Vagini; she died after seven years of wedded life.
- As the war went on the naval power of the Greeks diminished, partly owing to the penury of their treasury, and partly to the growth of piracy in the general anarchy of the Eastern Mediterranean.
- Despite extreme penury, he then continued to study indefatigably ancient and modern languages, history and literature, finally turning his attention to mathematics and astronomy.
- The penury of Wladislaus II.