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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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  • But it was impossible to suppose that we could do so among the poverty-stricken East-Enders.

    Catherine Booth Mildred Duff
  • I found her looking more careworn and poverty-stricken than ever.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • North Lew Church contains very fine old oak, beside modern woodwork of poverty-stricken design.

  • Then he glanced around at the bare and poverty-stricken room.

  • Yes, there's a Marquis in the family, a poverty-stricken one at that, poor but proud.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for poverty-stricken


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