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  • n. The quality of being poor
  • n. poverty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being poor (in any of the senses of the adjective).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state, condition, or quality of being poor, in any of the senses of the word; poverty; meanness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being poorly made or maintained
  • n. the quality of being meager
  • n. the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
  • n. less than adequate


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  • Another word for "poorness" is "poverty;" they teach that sometime after third grade.


  • i heard their "poorness" is contagious, don't let them touch you.


  • I am always amazed by some of the word uneducated people understand in this country as well as amazed by the poorness of their vocabulary.


  • I wonder if he doesn't believe in the real world because the real world is so disappointing and uninteresting and monotone that to believe in something like that is to succumb to the poorness of spirit that the rest of us have fallen victim to.

    Savage, Minnesota

  • Steeper inequality exists among those in the top tenth of the income scale than elsewhere in the income spectrum, leading to a comparative sense of poorness for many wealthy Americans, according to an analysis by the Tax Policy Center cited by The New York Times.

    Most Americans Say $150,000 Annual Income Makes You Rich: Gallup

  • You're -- you're talking about the poorness of the country and the people around there.

    CNN Transcript Jan 12, 2010

  • They are afraid to go anywhere because of the germs and the poorness. by

    OpEdNews - Diary: Why Americans Don't Care About Global Warming

  • This is what poorness in America is, and unfortunately it is largely misunderstood, ignored, or viewed as an incurable plight.

    Jane Devin: McCain Campaign Mentions Joe Six Pack But Never Addresses What It Means To Be Poor

  • For if a man have that penetration of judgment, as he can discern what things are to be laid open, and what to be secreted, and what to be showed at half lights, and to whom and when (which indeed are arts of state, and arts of life, as Tacitus well calleth them), to him, a habit of dissimulation is a hinderance and a poorness.

    The Essays

  • ‘If you refer, then, to the poorness of your blood —’

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood


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