Penury is defined as extreme poverty or lacking basic necessities.
An example of penury is a life without shelter, food, clothing or water.
lack of money, property, or necessities; extreme poverty; destitution
Origin of penuryMiddle English pennury ; from Classical Latin penuria, want, scarcity ; from paene, scarcely: see passion
Extreme want or poverty; destitution.
Origin of penuryMiddle English penurie, from Latin p&emacron;n&umacron;ria, want.