From Latin penuria (“want”), related to paene (“scarcely”), c. 1400. Compare French pénurie.
- IPA(key): /ˈpɛnjʊɹi/, /ˈpɛnjəɹi/
penury (plural penuries)
- extreme want; poverty; destitution.
2009 April 18, Oliver Kamm, “The recession explained”, in The Times Online:
- The hardship, penury and hunger of the early 1930s is etched in the collective memory of older Americans.
- a lack of something; a dearth; barrenness; insufficiency.