Penury meaning

pĕn'yə-rē
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A lack of something; a dearth; barrenness; insufficiency.
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Penury is defined as extreme poverty or lacking basic necessities.

An example of penury is a life without shelter, food, clothing or water.

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Extreme want or poverty; destitution.
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Lack of money, property, or necessities; extreme poverty; destitution.
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Origin of penury

  • Middle English penurie from Latin pēnūria want
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French pénurie (“dearth, lack"), from Latin penuria (“want").
    From Wiktionary