People living in poverty do not have enough money for basic necessities such as food and shelter.
An example of poverty is the state a person is in when he is homeless and has no money or assets.
- the condition or quality of being poor; indigence; need
- deficiency in necessary properties or desirable qualities, or in a specific quality, etc.; inadequacy: poverty of the soil, poverty of imagination
- smallness in amount; scarcity; paucity
Origin of povertyMiddle English poverte from Old French povreté from Classical Latin paupertas from pauper, poor
- The state of being poor; lack of the means of providing material needs or comforts.
- Deficiency in amount; scantiness: “the poverty of feeling that reduced her soul” ( Scott Turow )
- Unproductiveness; infertility: the poverty of the soil.
- Renunciation made by a member of a religious order of the right to own property.
Origin of povertyMiddle English poverte from Old French from Latin paupertās from pauper poor ; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural poverties)