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  • n. The state of being impecunious; impecuniousness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being impecunious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being impecunious or destitute of money; want of money; poverty.


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  • Hiffernan was something of a physician, and elevated the emptiness of his purse into the dignity of a disease, which he termed impecuniosity, and against which he claimed a right to call for relief from the healthier purses of his friends.

    Oliver Goldsmith

  • His main difficulty would be the heavy outlay; "impecuniosity" to him would represent the scurvy and potted cat of the old Arctic voyager.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo Volume 1

  • It simply shows our 'impecuniosity' to sit here and tell stories, when we ought to finish our meal and make room for others. "

    Twenty Years of Hus'ling

  • Lousteau paid the cabman, giving him three francs — a piece of prodigality following upon such impecuniosity astonishing Lucien more than a little.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • Few indeed were the students who lived in the Latin Quarter during the last twelve years of the Restoration and did not frequent that temple sacred to hunger and impecuniosity.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • For he not only bestowed upon them such attention as he could spare from his poodles and his mistresses, but being in his usual state of impecuniosity, begged for them of the Duke of Ormond; and, that step being without effect, gave them Chelsea College, a charter, and a mace: crowning his favours in the best way they could be crowned, by burdening them no further with royal patronage or state interference.


  • In the next letter of his which I have kept Oscar is perfectly friendly again; he tells me that he is “entirely without money, having received nothing from his Trustees for months,” and asks me for even � adding, “I drift in ridiculous impecuniosity without a sou.”

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • At first their impecuniosity will compel them to purchase poor hill-lands, but they will eventually get their grip upon the rich alluvial lands.

    Black and White

  • To my mind, even a Malthusian resolution is preferable to the alternative of slow decay, uniform impecuniosity, and perdition in instalments - an alternative made inexorable by our collective irresponsibility and denial.

    And Then There Were Too Many

  • He, the impecunious one, — the one whose impecuniosity extended to the absolute want of credit, — sat silent, stroking his heavy moustache.

    The Way We Live Now


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