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penury

pen·u·ry

penury

 
pronunciation:
pen y ri
part of speech: noun
definition 1: severe poverty; pennilessness.
Her paintings now sell for millions, but, during her lifetime, the artist had lived in penury.
antonyms:
affluence, luxury, wealth
similar words:
necessity, need, poverty, want
definition 2: extreme scarcity or shortage; severe dearth.
the penury of our resources
similar words:
necessity, poverty