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  • n. people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)


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  • But no one ever thought of mentioning the Miss Irwines, except the poor people in Broxton village, who regarded them as deep in the science of medicine, and spoke of them vaguely as “the gentlefolks.”

    Adam Bede

  • I asked my guide, local waste expert Alan Watson, where the poor people lived, and he looked at me quizzically.


  • John the Armenian was in my company, after I returned from over-seas and was on my way to Paris; and as we were at meat in the pavilion, a swarm of poor people kept begging in God's name and made a great disturbance.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • But, Lord! the joy that was among the old poor people of the place, to see Mrs. Willet's daughter, it seems her mother being a brave woman and mightily beloved!

    Diary of Samuel Pepys, Jun/Jul 1668

  • Mali was also not happy with our replenishment pledge, and at one point took the Governing Council floor to say that its meagerness amounted “to killing the poor people of the world.”

    Surrender is not an Option

  • This noon I got in some coals at 23s. per chaldron, a good hearing, I thank God-having not been put to buy a coal all this dear time, that during this war poor people have been forced to give 45s. and 50s., and L3.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, April 1667

  • Whittington died in 1601; and in his will he gives and bequeaths “unto the poor people of Stratford 40s. that is in the hand of Anne Shakespeare, wife unto Mr. William Shakespeare.”

    Shakespeare His Life Art And Characters

  • The poor people they called ‘relos’ were led down here and told to walk inside the tunnel.

    Raven Rise

  • Many of these were poor people forced to live in makeshift tents on the beaches and in Golden Gate Park.


  • The poor people of the hospital went first with a painted wooden cross; the seven stationary crosses, with three candles each and a retinue, followed, and then the bishops, priests, and subdeacons; finally came the pope surrounded by his deacons, with two crosses borne before him and the schola cantorum or choir following behind him.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss


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