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impecunious

[ im-pi-kyoo-nee-uhs ]

adjective

  1. having little or no money; penniless; poor.

    Synonyms: poverty-stricken, destitute



impecunious

/ ˌɪmpɪkjuːnɪˈɒsɪtɪ; ˌɪmpɪˈkjuːnɪəs /

adjective

  1. without money; penniless


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Derived Forms

  • ˌimpeˈcuniousness, noun
  • ˌimpeˈcuniously, adverb

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Other Words From

  • impe·cuni·ous·ly adverb
  • impe·cuni·ous·ness im·pe·cu·ni·os·i·ty [im-pi-kyoo-nee-, os, -i-tee], noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of impecunious1

First recorded in 1590–1600; im- 2 + obsolete pecunious “wealthy,” from Latin pecūniōsus, equivalent to pecūni(a) “wealth” + -ōsus -ous

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Word History and Origins

Origin of impecunious1

C16: from im- (not) + -pecunious, from Latin pecūniōsus wealthy, from pecūnia money

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Synonym Study

See poor.

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Example Sentences

His friend, John Hancock, born the son of an impecunious country parson, was adopted by his childless uncle, probably the richest merchant in New England.

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We’re not talking public or academic institutions, but what any impecunious collector vainly covets — an English country-house library or what Byers calls a “bookwrapt” study like that of Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady.”

It's a system that mostly benefits restaurant critics and a select few relatively impecunious friends of restauranteurs.

With him we have not anything to do, except to say that of all men he was the most impecunious.

They seemed an impecunious assemblage, gathered for mere sport.

I'm the only niece of poor but impecunious relatives, and they expect me to do my best and marry well.

And as a single man he had succeeded, being sometimes utterly impecunious, but still with a capacity of living.

She had sometimes heard that Everett was impecunious, but that had simply indicated an additional call upon her father.

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