Another word for poverty
Want of earthly goods
destitution, want, indigence, penury, need, beggary, pennilessness, neediness, mendicancy, pauperism, insufficiency, starvation, famine, hunger, underdevelopment, dearth, privation, reduced circumstances, insolvency, impoverishment, impecuniousness, broken fortune, straits, financial distress, hardship, deficiency, meagerness, aridity, exiguity, stint, depletion, deficit, debt, poorness, hand-to-mouth existence, wolf at the door*, deep water*, hard spot*, pinch*, bite*, crunch*, tough going*; see also lack 1.
Want of any desirable thing
poverty, the broadest of these terms, implies a lack of the resources for reasonably comfortable living; destitution and want imply such great poverty that the means for mere subsistence, such as food and shelter, are lacking; indigence, a somewhat euphemistic term, implies a lack of comforts that one formerly enjoyed; penury suggests such severe poverty as to cause misery or a loss of self-respect
Another word for povertynoun
The condition of being extremely poor:beggary, destitution, impecuniosity, impecuniousness, impoverishment, indigence, need, neediness, pennilessness, penuriousness, penury, privation, want. See rich
The condition or fact of being deficient:defect, deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency, lack, paucity, scantiness, scantness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, shortcoming, shortfall, underage1. See excess