[pov-er-tee-strik-uh n]


suffering from poverty; extremely poor: poverty-stricken refugees.

Origin of poverty-stricken

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Contemporary Examples of poverty-stricken

Historical Examples of poverty-stricken

  • Then he glanced around at the bare and poverty-stricken room.

  • We are a poverty-stricken lot, and no one to come over into Macedonia to help us.

    The Nebuly Coat

    John Meade Falkner

  • I am without doubt the most poverty-stricken of your acquaintances.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

  • How mean, meagre, narrow, and poverty-stricken must be their lives!

  • Hiram Powers was born into a large and poverty-stricken family.

    American Men of Mind

    Burton E. Stevenson

British Dictionary definitions for poverty-stricken



suffering from extreme poverty
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