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penury

[ pen-yuh-ree ]
/ ˈpɛn yə ri /
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noun

extreme poverty; destitution.
scarcity; dearth; inadequacy; insufficiency.

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Origin of penury

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin pēnūria; akin to Greek peîna hunger, penía poverty
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penury
/ (ˈpɛnjʊrɪ) /

noun

extreme poverty
extreme scarcity

Word Origin for penury

C15: from Latin pēnūria dearth, of obscure origin
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