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 Dictionary entry overview: What does penury mean? 

PENURY (noun)
  The noun PENURY has 1 sense:

1. a state of extreme poverty or destitution

  Familiarity information: PENURY used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PENURY (noun)

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A state of extreme poverty or destitution

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


indigence; pauperism; pauperization; penury; need

Context examples:

their indigence appalled him / a general state of need exists among the homeless

Hypernyms ("penury" is a kind of...):

impoverishment; poorness; poverty (the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "penury"):

beggary; mendicancy; mendicity (the state of being a beggar or mendicant)

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