- penzias, arno allan
Origin of penury
Examples from the Web for penury
Or perhaps the plague of Strawberry Quick-flavored meth that was luring children into a life of addiction and penury.Parents Panic Over Old Fake Smarties Snorting Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Relative obscurity and penury, her anthem claims, rule just as hard as the point-oh-oh-one percent realm of excess and access.Duck! Reality TV Returns Us to the Dark Age of Tribal Warfare|James Poulos|December 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Larry, it looks like traveling up the royal road you slashed through the forest of penury.
The fact of his penury had been like a wet blanket upon him all day.The Man Who Lost Himself|H. De Vere Stacpoole
There was an end of all his peace, all his capacity for labour, his patient endurance of penury.New Grub Street|George Gissing
Through which the same frost troops are sighing, Churlishly gloweth the charcoal flame, While a man lies there in penury dying.Victor Roy, A Masonic Poem|Harriet Annie Wilkins
Never were penury of knowledge and vulgarity of sentiment so happily disguised.The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes|Samuel Johnson
We did our best to help them out of our own pittance; but to all of us it was like falling from affluence to penury.Hurricane Hurry|W.H.G. Kingston
Word Origin for penury
c.1400, from Latin penuria "want, need; scarcity," related to paene "scarcely."