- the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor.
- deficiency of necessary or desirable ingredients, qualities, etc.: poverty of the soil.
- scantiness; insufficiency: Their efforts to stamp out disease were hampered by a poverty of medical supplies.
Origin of poverty
Related Words for povertybankruptcy, debt, hardship, lack, famine, difficulty, scarcity, shortage, starvation, deficit, distress, privation, dearth, vacancy, deficiency, pass, meagerness, emptiness, inadequacy, indigence
Examples from the Web for poverty
Contemporary Examples of poverty
It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are totally committed in our time.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
The losers have always been children in poverty, children of color, and children with disabilities.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future
January 3, 2015
Nor do these studies address the structural and systematic issues that contribute to obesity, such as poverty and stress.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
I asked for world peace, religious tolerance and an end to poverty.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
In 2011, only 27 percent of families living in poverty were receiving welfare assistance.To GOP Congress, as Usual, It’s Welfare on the Chopping Block
December 25, 2014
Historical Examples of poverty
She cared little for poverty or riches, as long as she had regained her chief treasures.Brave and Bold
Many in our country do not know the pain of poverty, but we can listen to those who do.
They rend the heart with pity all the more for the reason that there is no sense in their poverty.The Conquest of Fear
Its most significant details were of a sordid kind, familiar to poverty.
In the one case, as she knew it, a girl under the urge of poverty had stolen.
- the condition of being without adequate food, money, etc
- scarcity or deartha poverty of wit
- a lack of elements conducive to fertility in land or soil
Word Origin for poverty
late 12c., from Old French poverte "poverty, misery, wretched condition" (Modern French pauvreté), from Latin paupertatem (nominative paupertas) "poverty," from pauper "poor" (see poor (adj.)).
Seeing so much poverty everywhere makes me think that God is not rich. He gives the appearance of it, but I suspect some financial difficulties. [Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables," 1862]
Poverty line attested from 1901; poverty trap from 1966; poverty-stricken from 1803.