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Poverty; want; wretchedness; misery; calamity.
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From Middle English armthe, earmthe, from Old English iermþu, iermþ ("misery, wretchedness, calamity, distress, disorder, poverty, destitution, penury, badness, disease, crime, reproach"), from Proto-Germanic *armiþō (“poverty”), from Proto-Germanic *armaz (“poor, arm”), from Proto-Indo-European *erm- (“poor, ill”) or Proto-Indo-European *orbʰ- (“orphaned; orphan”), equivalent to arm (“poor”) + -th. Cognate with Dutch armoede ("poverty"), German Armut ("poverty"), Swedish armod ("poverty").
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