Definition of 'poverty'
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Free healthcare and education were of little comfort when food rationing and poverty were all around. Times, Sunday Times (2016)A little under half of the British population lived in what today we would term as extreme poverty. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Since 1990 almost 1.1 billion have escaped extreme poverty. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Its focus has been on poverty, unemployment, education and health. The Sun (2016)Asked specifically about world hunger and extreme poverty over a recent period, three-quarters thought it had increased. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Nearly a third of its citizens live below the poverty line and unemployment is soaring. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Volunteers at food banks are already bringing their skills to the food poverty challenge. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Poverty and a lack of education can often be a cause of these problems. The Sun (2011)He emphasised that his aim was to tackle poverty. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The relative laziness is accompanied by lack of imagination and a poverty of ambition. Times, Sunday Times (2009)We need cheaper energy to power industrial revival and take people out of fuel poverty. The Sun (2016)Thousands of working folk are on the poverty line. The Sun (2013)They preach a message of hope in the midst of gang violence and extreme poverty. Christianity Today (2000)The question is whether we define poverty in absolute or relative terms. Times, Sunday Times (2006)These help families out of food poverty. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It is poverty and lack of education that cause the grief. Times, Sunday Times (2012)So much for concern about fuel poverty. Times, Sunday Times (2011)That the disabled continue to live under the poverty line? Times, Sunday Times (2014)Her case proves that there is an alternative way to deal with extreme poverty. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But to some extent poverty is an absolute condition. The Global Marketplace (1993)The benefits of this style of planning can look rather superficial in the face of high unemployment and persistent poverty. Remaking Planning: the politics of urban change in the Thatcher years (1989)Your poverty of ambition is breathtaking. Times, Sunday Times (2007)It's just going to get worse unless we tackle poverty. The Sun (2008)Only when we recognise that a full belly is what counts most can we address real loneliness and real poverty when we find it. Times, Sunday Times (2010)No one is more in tune with the issues of Third World poverty than these stoic women. The Sun (2009)As a people we have always had a sense of solidarity and this obligation has been accepted gladly, but poverty is not something that just happens. Times, Sunday Times (2008)There was no money for health care or public education, he left a country with 40 per cent poverty. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Bad as the austerity cuts may feel here, life over there is truly harsh: poverty means something entirely different. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Our research shows that 80 per cent of poverty reduction comes about because of economic growth and only 20 per cent is the result of income redistribution. Times, Sunday Times (2007)
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Translations for 'poverty'
British English: poverty /ˈpɒvətɪ/ NOUN
Poverty is the state of being very poor.
...people living in poverty.
- American English: poverty
- Arabic: فَقْر
- Brazilian Portuguese: pobreza
- Chinese: 贫穷
- Croatian: siromaštvo
- Czech: chudoba
- Danish: fattigdom
- Dutch: armoede
- European Spanish: pobreza
- Finnish: köyhyys
- French: pauvreté
- German: Armut
- Greek: φτώχεια
- Italian: povertà
- Japanese: 貧困
- Korean: 가난
- Norwegian: fattigdom
- Polish: ubóstwo
- European Portuguese: pobreza
- Romanian: sărăcie
- Russian: бедность
- Spanish: pobreza
- Swedish: fattigdom
- Thai: ความยากจน
- Turkish: yoksulluk
- Ukrainian: бідність
- Vietnamese: sự nghèo đói
Definition of poverty from the Collins English Dictionary
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