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[im-pi-kyoo-nee-uh s] /ˌɪm pɪˈkyu ni əs/
having little or no money; penniless; poor.
Origin of impecunious
1590-1600; im-2 + obsolete pecunious wealthy < Latin pecūniōsus, equivalent to pecūni(a) wealth + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
impecuniously, adverb
impecuniousness, impecuniosity
[im-pi-kyoo-nee-os-i-tee] /ˌɪm pɪˌkyu niˈɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
destitute, poverty-stricken. See poor. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for impecuniosity
Historical Examples
  • Harrison, in addition to his impecuniosity, had other peculiarities of which vanity was not the least.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • When last met, you suffered from the impecuniosity of a churched mouse.

  • Nevertheless, this was also the special age of alchemists and of impecuniosity.

  • Mr. Osborne had had thirty years' experience with the impecuniosity of authors.

    To Him That Hath Leroy Scott
  • It is a lamentable fact that impecuniosity is the common lot of the class.

    The Hindoos as they Are Shib Chunder Bose
  • Of the two great monopolies which the impecuniosity of Charles II.

    The Great Lone Land W. F. Butler
  • He was told too that Lady Augustus was much harassed by impecuniosity.

    The American Senator

    Anthony Trollope
  • There was a general laugh, for Charley Mansfield was notoriously in a general state of impecuniosity.

  • They were certainly alike in one respect; namely, as regarded a chronic state of impecuniosity.

    Genius in Sunshine and Shadow Maturin Murray Ballou
  • The reader will be apt to recall the anecdote illustrative of Sheridan's impecuniosity.

    Genius in Sunshine and Shadow Maturin Murray Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for impecuniosity


without money; penniless
Derived Forms
impecuniously, adverb
impecuniousness, impecuniosity (ˌɪmpɪkjuːnɪˈɒsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C16: from im- (not) + -pecunious, from Latin pecūniōsus wealthy, from pecūnia money
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Word Origin and History for impecuniosity



"lacking in money," 1590s, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + Latin pecuniosus "rich," from pecunia "money, property" (see pecuniary). Related: Impecuniously; impecuniosity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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