penury [pen-yuh-ree] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for penury on noun

  1. extreme poverty; destitution.
  2. scarcity; dearth; inadequacy; insufficiency.

Origin of penury 1400–50; late Middle English Latin pēnūria; akin to Greek peîna hunger, penía povertySynonyms for penury See more synonyms for on 1. indigence, need, want.Antonyms for penury 1. wealth. Related Words for penury privation, destitution, dearth, indigence, barrenness, insufficiency, scantiness, need Examples from the Web for penury Contemporary Examples of penury

  • Or perhaps the plague of Strawberry Quick-flavored meth that was luring children into a life of addiction and penury.

    Parents Panic Over Old Fake Smarties Snorting Craze

    Lizzie Crocker

    January 23, 2014

  • Relative obscurity and penury, her anthem claims, rule just as hard as the point-oh-oh-one percent realm of excess and access.

    Duck! Reality TV Returns Us to the Dark Age of Tribal Warfare

    James Poulos

    December 21, 2013

  • Larry, it looks like traveling up the royal road you slashed through the forest of penury.

    Norman Mailer vs. Everyone

    Norman Mailer

    February 27, 2009

  • Historical Examples of penury

  • Formerly he had never been alarmed by the penury of his little home.


    Emile Zola

  • Had he learned to carp at the rich, and to make honesty the excuse for all penury?

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • If there were no penury and no pain, what would become of fortitude?

    The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851


  • The life that passes in penury must necessarily pass in obscurity.

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes

    Samuel Johnson

  • The Admiral had in one hour been reduced from opulence to penury.

    The History of England from the Accession of James II.

    Thomas Babington Macaulay

  • British Dictionary definitions for penury penury noun

    1. extreme poverty
    2. extreme scarcity

    Word Origin for penury C15: from Latin pēnūria dearth, of obscure origin Word Origin and History for penury n.

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

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