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[pov-er-tee-strik-uh n] /ˈpɒv ər tiˌstrɪk ən/
suffering from poverty; extremely poor:
poverty-stricken refugees.
Origin of poverty-stricken
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then he glanced around at the bare and poverty-stricken room.

  • We are a poverty-stricken lot, and no one to come over into Macedonia to help us.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • I am without doubt the most poverty-stricken of your acquaintances.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • How mean, meagre, narrow, and poverty-stricken must be their lives!

    In Happy Valley

    John Fox
  • Hiram Powers was born into a large and poverty-stricken family.

    American Men of Mind Burton E. Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for poverty-stricken


suffering from extreme poverty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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