Synonyms of 'penury'
1 povertyDictionary, want, needHe was brought up in penury, without education.
41 per cent of Brazilians live in absolute poverty.
He said they were fighting for freedom from want.
the state of need in Third World countries
They endured years of privation during the war.
Equality will not relieve destitution but will spread it evenly.
2 scarcityDictionary, lack, shortage
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extreme poverty or need
If there is a dearth of something, there is not enough of it.
a dearth of resources
Thesaurus for penury from the Collins English Thesaurus
Penury is the state of being extremely poor .