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  • n. Plural form of penury.


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  • Well, the man had the nerve to declare that 10% is too much, that maybe the government should consider slowing down growth to 6% because otherwise this could create penuries of items, such as construction material.

    Paleo Economy in Venezuela

  • That there are penuries in construction material already?

    Paleo Economy in Venezuela

  • Thus when fascination and forlornness are at equal discount, when powers and penuries go down together, and common and uncommon sense fail alike, to what natural feeling shall one hope to appeal?

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866

  • The Church, poor old benighted creature, had at least taken care of that: the noble aspiring soul, not doomed to choke ignobly in its penuries, could at least run into the neighboring Convent, and there take refuge.

    Latter-Day Pamphlets

  • “With her, Giovanni divided the pleasure of seeing himself elected the first Maestro of the Vatican; with her he suffered the most strait penuries of his life; with her he sustained the most cruel afflictions of his spirit, and with her also he ate the hard crust of sorrow: yet with her again he rested in the sunlight that beamed from time to time to his glory and to his gain.

    The Love Affairs of Great Musicians


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