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Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Definitions for penury

  1. Extreme poverty; destitution.
  2. Absence of resources; insufficiency.

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Citations for penury
Charles regretted his departure, and the penury of his treasury, but trusted that God would favour him in his struggle against the king of France. Henry Kamen, Philip of Spain
He was a cooper by trade, a native of Rio de Janeiro, where he would have died in penury and obscurity had he limited himself to the work of barrel-making. Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas
Origin of penury
late Middle English
1400-1450
Penury is from Latin penuria, "lack, want."