Synonyms of poverty
1 pennilessness • 41 per cent of Brazilians live in absolute poverty.
want • He said they were fighting for freedom from want.
need • the state of need in Third World countries
distress • There was little support to help them in their distress.
necessity • They were reduced to begging through economic necessity.
hardship • Many people are suffering economic hardship.
privation (formal) • They endured years of privation during the war.
penury • He was brought up in penury, without education.
destitution • Equality will not relieve destitution but will spread it evenly.
2 scarcityDictionary • a poverty of ideas
scarcity • an ever-increasing scarcity of water
lack • Despite his lack of experience, he got the job.
absence • In the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
want • The men were daily becoming weaker for want of rest.
deficit • They're ready to cut the budget deficit for the next fiscal year.
shortage • There's no shortage of ideas.
deficiency • They did tests for signs of vitamin deficiency.
inadequacy • the inadequacy of the water supply
dearth • a dearth of resources
paucity (formal) • the paucity of information
insufficiency • Late miscarriages are not usually due to hormonal insufficiency.
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absenceThe absence of something from a place is the fact that it is not there or does not exist.
• In the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
dearthIf there is a dearth of something, there is not enough of it.
• a dearth of resources
Thesaurus for poverty from the Collins English Thesaurus
the condition of being without adequate food, money, etc
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