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The state of being destitute; esp., abject poverty
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  1. The state of being destitute; esp., abject poverty
  2. A deprivation or lack; a deficiency.
  3. Extreme want of resources or the means of subsistence; complete poverty.
Something desired:
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  1. Something desired:
  2. A wish or desire for something; craving
  3. Pressing need; destitution:
The state of being poor; poverty.
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  1. The state of being poor; poverty.
  2. The condition of being indigent
Lack of money, property, or necessities; extreme poverty; destitution
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  1. Lack of money, property, or necessities; extreme poverty; destitution
  2. Extreme want or poverty; destitution.
Something required or wanted; a requisite:
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  1. Something required or wanted; a requisite:
  2. A condition of poverty or misfortune:
  3. A condition of poverty, or extreme want
Extreme poverty
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  1. Extreme poverty
  2. The state or condition of being a beggar.
  3. Beggars considered as a group.
The state or quality of being penniless.
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  1. The state or quality of being penniless.
The state of being needy
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  1. The state of being needy
  2. The characteristic of being needy.
The act or state of being a mendicant
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  1. The act or state of being a mendicant
The quality or state of being a pauper.
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  1. The quality or state of being a pauper.
  2. The condition of being a pauper
The quality or state of being insufficient, especially:
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  1. The quality or state of being insufficient, especially:
  2. The lack of sufficiency; a shortage or inadequacy.
  3. Inability or failure of an organ or tissue to perform its normal function
The condition of being starved.
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  1. The condition of being starved.
  2. The act or process of starving.
  3. A condition of severe suffering due to a lack of nutrition.
A drastic, wide-reaching food shortage.
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  1. A drastic, wide-reaching food shortage.
  2. Severe hunger; starvation.
  3. An acute and general shortage of food, or a period of this
A strong desire or craving:
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  1. A strong desire or craving:
  2. The discomfort, weakness, or pain caused by a prolonged lack of food.
  3. A desire, need, or appetite for food
The condition of being insufficiently developed
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  1. The condition of being insufficiently developed
A scarce supply; a lack:
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  1. A scarce supply; a lack:
  2. Shortage of food; famine.
  3. Any scarcity or lack
Lack of the basic necessities or comforts of life:
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  1. Lack of the basic necessities or comforts of life:
  2. Lack of the ordinary necessities of life
  3. The condition of being without a specified quality or attribute:
The condition of having more debts than assets.
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  1. The condition of having more debts than assets.
  2. The condition of being insolvent; the state or condition of a person who is insolvent; the condition of one who is unable to pay his debts as they fall due, or in the usual course of trade and business; as, a merchant's insolvency.
  3. The status of being unable to pay one’s debts when due. The status of being unable to pay one’s debts when due.
The state of being impoverished.
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  1. The state of being impoverished.
  2. The action of impoverishing someone.
The property of being impecunious.
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Plural form of strait
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(Countable or uncountable) Difficulty or trouble; hard times.
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  1. (Countable or uncountable) Difficulty or trouble; hard times.
  2. The difficulty or distress resulting to an individual or entity from a court decision, zoning decision, or passage of a law; taken into account as one factor in an equity proceeding. The difficulty or distress resulting to an individual or entity from a court decision, zoning decision, or passage of a law; taken into account as one factor in an equity proceeding.
  3. A thing hard to bear; specific cause of discomfort or suffering, as poverty, pain, etc.
(Geometry) The amount by which the number of double points on a curve is short of the maximum for curves of the same degree.
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  1. (Geometry) The amount by which the number of double points on a curve is short of the maximum for curves of the same degree.
  2. The quality or state of being deficient; absence of something essential; incompleteness
  3. A lack or shortage, especially of something essential to health:
(US) The state of being meager.
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  1. (US) The state of being meager.
The quality or condition of being scanty or meager.
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  1. The quality or condition of being scanty or meager.
Any of various small sandpipers, as the little stint (Calidris minuta)
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  1. Any of various small sandpipers, as the little stint (Calidris minuta)
  2. An assigned task or quantity of work
  3. A length of time spent in a particular way, especially doing a job or fulfilling a duty:
The act or process of depleting.
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  1. The act or process of depleting.
  2. The act of drawing out in its entirety, or using up, money or of a nonrenewable resource such as oil. The act of drawing out in its entirety, or using up, money or of a nonrenewable resource such as oil.
  3. The use or consumption of a resource, especially a natural resource, faster than it is replenished.
The amount by which a sum of money falls short of the required or expected amount; a shortage:
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  1. The amount by which a sum of money falls short of the required or expected amount; a shortage:
  2. An amount that quantifies an unfavorable condition or position:
  3. The amount by which a sum of money is less than the required or desired amount; specif., an excess of liabilities over assets, of losses over profits, or of expenditure over income
A specific sum of money due as a result of a written or verbal agreement or by operation of law. A specific sum of money due as a result of a written or verbal agreement or by operation of law.
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  1. A specific sum of money due as a result of a written or verbal agreement or by operation of law. A specific sum of money due as a result of a written or verbal agreement or by operation of law.
  2. An obligation or liability to pay or render something to someone else:
  3. Something owed, such as money, goods, or services:
Waters suitable for deep-draft ships, especially ocean-going.
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  1. Waters suitable for deep-draft ships, especially ocean-going.
  2. (Idiomatic) A difficult or embarrassing situation.
An amount that can be held between thumb and forefinger:
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  1. An amount that can be held between thumb and forefinger:
  2. Difficulty or hardship:
  3. An emergency situation:
An amount of food taken into the mouth at one time; a mouthful.
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  1. An amount of food taken into the mouth at one time; a mouthful.
  2. (Slang) An amount of money appropriated or withheld:
  3. An excerpt or fragment taken from something larger, such as a film.
A period of financial difficulty characterized by tight money and unavailability of credit.
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  1. A period of financial difficulty characterized by tight money and unavailability of credit.
  2. A critical moment or situation, especially one that occurs because of a shortage of time or resources:
  3. An exercise much like a sit-up, except that the upper body is raised only slightly off the floor rather than to an upright position
  1. Not enough, not sufficient.
  2. A deficiency in the quantity or amount needed or expected, or the extent of this; deficit
  3. A lack or deficiency.
(Countable) The result or product of being short.
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  1. (Countable) The result or product of being short.
  2. (Uncountable) The property of being short, of being small of stature or brief.
Lack of sufficiency; deficiency; inadequacy
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  1. Lack of sufficiency; deficiency; inadequacy
  2. Moral or mental incompetence.
  3. Inability or failure of an organ or tissue to perform its normal function
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  1. A lack of competence or ability.
  2. A shortage of required material.
  3. An instance of being inadequate; a failing or lack.
An urgent requirement; a pressing need:
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  1. An urgent requirement; a pressing need:
  2. A pressing or urgent situation:
  3. A situation calling for immediate action or attention
(Countable) an inadequate amount of something; a shortage
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  1. (Countable) an inadequate amount of something; a shortage
  2. The condition or quality of being scarce; inadequate supply; dearth
  3. Insufficiency of amount or supply; shortage:
The state or condition of being not complete.
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  1. The state or condition of being not complete.
The act of a person or thing that fails; a failure.
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  1. The act of a person or thing that fails; a failure.
  2. A slight fault or defect; weakness
  3. Weakness; defect
An error or flaw in a process or product, affecting performance and potentially causing harm; a shortcoming in a legal document that may lead to its invalidity, or in a pleading that may lead to its dismissal. An error or flaw in a process or product, affecting performance and potentially causing harm; a shortcoming in a legal document that may lead to its invalidity, or in a pleading that may lead to its dismissal.
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  1. An error or flaw in a process or product, affecting performance and potentially causing harm; a shortcoming in a legal document that may lead to its invalidity, or in a pleading that may lead to its dismissal. An error or flaw in a process or product, affecting performance and potentially causing harm; a shortcoming in a legal document that may lead to its invalidity, or in a pleading that may lead to its dismissal.
  2. An imperfection or weakness; fault; flaw; blemish
  3. An imperfection or lack that causes inadequacy or failure; a shortcoming or deficiency.
Extreme poverty
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  1. Extreme poverty
  2. The state or condition of being a beggar.
  3. Beggars considered as a group.
The state of being destitute; esp., abject poverty
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  1. The state of being destitute; esp., abject poverty
  2. A deprivation or lack; a deficiency.
  3. Extreme want of resources or the means of subsistence; complete poverty.
The property of being impecunious.
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The state of being impoverished.
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  1. The state of being impoverished.
  2. The action of impoverishing someone.
The state of being poor; poverty.
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  1. The state of being poor; poverty.
  2. The condition of being indigent
Something required or wanted; a requisite:
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  1. Something required or wanted; a requisite:
  2. A condition of poverty or misfortune:
  3. A condition of poverty, or extreme want
The state of being needy
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  1. The state of being needy
  2. The characteristic of being needy.
The state or quality of being penniless.
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  1. The state or quality of being penniless.
The quality of being penurious.
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Lack of money, property, or necessities; extreme poverty; destitution
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  1. Lack of money, property, or necessities; extreme poverty; destitution
  2. Extreme want or poverty; destitution.
Lack of the basic necessities or comforts of life:
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  1. Lack of the basic necessities or comforts of life:
  2. Lack of the ordinary necessities of life
  3. The condition of being without a specified quality or attribute:
Something desired:
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  1. Something desired:
  2. A wish or desire for something; craving
  3. Pressing need; destitution:
An error or flaw in a process or product, affecting performance and potentially causing harm; a shortcoming in a legal document that may lead to its invalidity, or in a pleading that may lead to its dismissal. An error or flaw in a process or product, affecting performance and potentially causing harm; a shortcoming in a legal document that may lead to its invalidity, or in a pleading that may lead to its dismissal.
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  1. An error or flaw in a process or product, affecting performance and potentially causing harm; a shortcoming in a legal document that may lead to its invalidity, or in a pleading that may lead to its dismissal. An error or flaw in a process or product, affecting performance and potentially causing harm; a shortcoming in a legal document that may lead to its invalidity, or in a pleading that may lead to its dismissal.
  2. Lack of something necessary for completeness; deficiency; shortcoming
  3. An imperfection or lack that causes inadequacy or failure; a shortcoming or deficiency.
The quality or condition of being deficient; incompleteness or inadequacy.
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  1. The quality or condition of being deficient; incompleteness or inadequacy.
  2. (Geometry) The amount by which the number of double points on a curve is short of the maximum for curves of the same degree.
  3. A lack or shortage, especially of something essential to health:
The amount by which a sum of money is less than the required or desired amount; specif., an excess of liabilities over assets, of losses over profits, or of expenditure over income
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  1. The amount by which a sum of money is less than the required or desired amount; specif., an excess of liabilities over assets, of losses over profits, or of expenditure over income
  2. A deficiency or impairment in mental or physical functioning.
  3. An amount that quantifies an unfavorable condition or position:
A shortage of required material.
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  1. A shortage of required material.
  2. An instance of being inadequate; a failing or lack.
  3. A lack of competence or ability.
Inadequate supply:
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  1. Inadequate supply:
  2. Inability or failure of an organ or tissue to perform its normal function
  3. Lack of sufficiency; deficiency; inadequacy
The fact or condition of not having any; complete absence
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  1. The fact or condition of not having any; complete absence
  2. The fact or condition of not having enough; shortage; deficiency
  3. A particular deficiency or absence:
Scarcity; dearth:
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  1. Scarcity; dearth:
  2. Fewness; small number
  3. Scarcity; dearth; insufficiency
(Uncountable) The quality of being scanty.
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  1. (Uncountable) The quality of being scanty.
  2. (Countable) The result or product of being scanty.
The property of being scant.
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  1. The property of being scant.
The property of being scarce.
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(Countable) an inadequate amount of something; a shortage
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  1. (Countable) an inadequate amount of something; a shortage
  2. The condition or quality of being scarce; inadequate supply; dearth
  3. Insufficiency of amount or supply; shortage:
  1. Not enough, not sufficient.
  2. A deficiency in the quantity or amount needed or expected, or the extent of this; deficit
  3. A lack or deficiency.
A falling short of what is expected or required; defect or deficiency
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  1. A falling short of what is expected or required; defect or deficiency
  2. A deficiency; a flaw.
The act or an instance of falling short, or the amount of the shortage
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  1. The act or an instance of falling short, or the amount of the shortage
  2. A failure to attain a specified amount or level; a shortage.
  3. The amount by which a supply falls short of expectation, need, or demand.
A deficient amount; a shortfall.
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  1. A deficient amount; a shortfall.
  2. A deficit or shortfall in funds, inventory, or capacity.
  3. A shortage; insufficiency

Synonym Study

  • Penury suggests such severe poverty as to cause misery or a loss of self-respect
  • Indigence , a somewhat euphemistic term, implies a lack of comforts that one formerly enjoyed
  • Destitution and want imply such great poverty that the means for mere subsistence, such as food and shelter, are lacking
  • Poverty , the broadest of these terms, implies a lack of the resources for reasonably comfortable living
Find another word for poverty. In this page you can discover 86 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for poverty, like: destitution, want, indigence, penury, need, beggary, pennilessness, neediness, mendicancy, pauperism and insufficiency.