penury [pen-yuh-ree] SynonymsExamplesWord Originnoun
- extreme poverty; destitution.
- scarcity; dearth; inadequacy; insufficiency.
Origin of penury 1400–50; late Middle English Latin pēnūria; akin to Greek peîna hunger, penía povertySynonyms for penury 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 penury1.
Or perhaps the plague of Strawberry Quick-flavored meth that was luring children into a life of addiction and penury.
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.
December 21, 2013
Larry, it looks like traveling up the royal road you slashed through the forest of penury.
February 27, 2009
Historical Examples of penury
Formerly he had never been alarmed by the penury of his little home.
Had he learned to carp at the rich, and to make honesty the excuse for all penury?
George W. Cable
If there were no penury and no pain, what would become of fortitude?
The life that passes in penury must necessarily pass in obscurity.
The Admiral had in one hour been reduced from opulence to penury.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for penury penury noun
- extreme poverty
- 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.”