penury

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From Latin penuria(want), related to paene(scarcely), c. 1400. Compare French pénurie.

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penury ‎(plural penuries)

  1. extreme want; poverty; destitution.
    • 2009 April 18, Oliver Kamm, “The recession explained”, in The Times Online[1]:
      The hardship, penury and hunger of the early 1930s is etched in the collective memory of older Americans.
  2. a lack of something; a dearth; barrenness; insufficiency.

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