- extreme poverty; destitution.
- scarcity; dearth; inadequacy; insufficiency.
Origin of penury
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Antonyms for penury
Related Words for penuryprivation, destitution, dearth, indigence, barrenness, insufficiency, scantiness, need
Examples from the Web for penury
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 23, 2014
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
December 21, 2013
Larry, it looks like traveling up the royal road you slashed through the forest of penury.Norman Mailer vs. Everyone
February 27, 2009
Historical Examples of penury
Formerly he had never been alarmed by the penury of his little home.Fruitfulness
Had he learned to carp at the rich, and to make honesty the excuse for all penury?Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
If there were no penury and no pain, what would become of fortitude?
The life that passes in penury must necessarily pass in obscurity.The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes
The Admiral had in one hour been reduced from opulence to penury.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
- extreme poverty
- extreme scarcity
Word Origin for penury
c.1400, from Latin penuria "want, need; scarcity," related to paene "scarcely."