Tuesday, January 06, 2004
Definitions for penury
- Extreme poverty; destitution.
- 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.
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.
Origin of penury
late Middle English
Penury is from Latin penuria, "lack, want."