Poverty is the state of being poor, having little money or being in need of a specific quality.(noun)
An example of poverty is the state a person is in when he is homeless and has no money or assets.
See poverty in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME poverte < OFr povreté < L paupertas < pauper, poor
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Origin: Middle English poverte
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin paupertās
Origin: , from pauper, poor; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots.
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1. Rare. the state of beggarhood.
2. behavior characteristic of a beggar.
the state or condition of utter poverty. Also called pauperage.
an abnormal fear of poverty.
extreme poverty or destitution. —penurious, adj.
1. a policy in local governments of providing relief for the poor, often excessive in amount.
2. any similar policy of government spending that leads to higher taxes. —Poplarist, n.
a form of rule by beggars or the poor.
the scientific study of pauperism, unemployment, etc.
the development and growth of slums or substandard dwelling conditions in urban areas.
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