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penury

[pen-yuh-ree] /ˈpɛn yə ri/
noun
1.
extreme poverty; destitution.
2.
scarcity; dearth; inadequacy; insufficiency.
Origin of penury
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin pēnūria; akin to Greek peîna hunger, penía poverty
Synonyms
1. indigence, need, want.
Antonyms
1. wealth.
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penury

/ˈpɛnjʊrɪ/
noun
1.
extreme poverty
2.
extreme scarcity
Word Origin
C15: from Latin pēnūria dearth, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for penury
n.

c.1400, from Latin penuria "want, need; scarcity," related to paene "scarcely."

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