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Synonyms of 'poverty'

(noun) 
Definition
the state of lacking adequate food or money
Many people in the region still live in absolute poverty.
Synonyms
pennilessness
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want
He said they were fighting for freedom from want.
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need
the state of need in the developing world
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distress
There was little support to help them in their distress.
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necessity
They were reduced to begging through economic necessity.
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hardship
Many people are suffering economic hardship.
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privation (formal)
They endured years of privation during the war.
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penury
He was brought up in penury, without education.
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destitution
Equality will not relieve destitution but will spread it evenly.
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hand-to-mouth existence
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necessitousness
Opposites
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richness
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(noun) 
Definition
lack or scarcity
a poverty of ideas
Synonyms
scarcity
an ever-increasing scarcity of water
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lack
Despite his lack of experience, he got the job.
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absence
In the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
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want
The men were daily becoming weaker for want of rest.
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deficit
They're ready to cut the budget deficit for the next fiscal year.
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shortage
There's no shortage of ideas.
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deficiency
They did tests for signs of vitamin deficiency.
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inadequacy
the inadequacy of the water supply
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dearth
a dearth of resources
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paucity (formal)
the paucity of information
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insufficiency
Anaemia is due to insufficiency of iron.
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sparsity
Opposites
(noun) 
Definition
inferior quality or inadequacy
the poverty of the soil
Synonyms
barrenness
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infertility
couples receiving infertility treatment
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bareness
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poorness
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meagreness
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unfruitfulness
Opposites
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fruitfulness
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productiveness

related words

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Quotations

The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty [George Bernard ShawMajor Barbara]
Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor [James BaldwinNobody Knows My Name]Give me not poverty lest I steal [Daniel DefoeReview (later incorporated into Moll Flanders)]The want of money is the root of all evil [Samuel ButlerErewhon]No man should commend poverty unless he is poor [Saint Bernard]

proverb

Poverty is not a crime

Additional synonyms

in the sense of absence
Definition
the fact of being without something
In the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
Synonyms
privation (formal),
unavailability,
nonexistence
in the sense of aridity
Synonyms
barrenness,
waterlessness,
moisturelessness,
parchedness
in the sense of dearth
Definition
an inadequate amount
a dearth of resources
Synonyms
paucity (formal),
sparsity,
scantiness,
exiguousness

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