from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Extreme want or poverty; destitution.
- n. Extreme dearth; barrenness or insufficiency.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. extreme want; poverty; destitution.
- n. a lack of something; a dearth; barrenness; insufficiency.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Absence of resources; want; privation; indigence; extreme poverty; destitution.
- n. Penuriousness; miserliness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lack; want; scantiness.
- n. Extreme poverty; want; indigence.
- n. Parsimoniousness; miserliness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state of extreme poverty or destitution
That's Gordon "prudence" Brown one of whose first acts as Chancellor was to filch money from pension schemes leaving many people with private pensions looking forward to a retirement in penury, whilst he will retire on a nice fat publicly funded final salary scheme.
Waylaid by want and penury is but a stranger wight!
He died not in penury, but in debt, perhaps to the tune of $500,000.
They believed, with the wildest inconsistency, that this preternatural dominion of the air, of earth, and of hell, was exercised, from the vilest motives of malice or gain, by some wrinkled hags and itinerant sorcerers, who passed their obscure lives in penury and contempt.
86Although Catherine and Mary were not exactly living in penury, their households reflected their demoted status.
The Left has been doing this for years, both as a hammer with which to beat recalcitrant government agencies, and a sop to the trial lawyers without whose contributions the Democratic Party would find itself in penury.
And our children's children, it's called penury at Hang On to Your Wallet!
We'll be told that our penury is a necessary sacrifice to save the planet.
I was young, and used to what might be called penury, and I well knew that I must seek my fortune in the world, and work hard.
Her father had a small place at court, lived beyond his fortune, educated his daughter, to whom he could give no portion, as if she were to be heiress to a large estate; then died, and left his widow absolutely in penury.