Synonyms of 'poverty'
the state of lacking adequate food or moneyMany people in the region still live in absolute poverty.
He said they were fighting for freedom from want.
the state of need in the developing world
There was little support to help them in their distress.
They were reduced to begging through economic necessity.
Many people are suffering economic hardship.
They endured years of privation during the war.
He was brought up in penury, without education.
Equality will not relieve destitution but will spread it evenly.
hand-to-mouth existence, , , ,
lack or scarcitya poverty of ideas
an ever-increasing scarcity of water
Despite his lack of experience, he got the job.
In the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
The men were daily becoming weaker for want of rest.
They're ready to cut the budget deficit for the next fiscal year.
There's no shortage of ideas.
They did tests for signs of vitamin deficiency.
the inadequacy of the water supply
a dearth of resources
the paucity of information
Anaemia is due to insufficiency of iron.
related phobia peniaphobia
The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty – Major Barbara]Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor – Nobody Knows My Name]Give me not poverty lest I steal – Review (later incorporated into Moll Flanders)]The want of money is the root of all evil – Erewhon]No man should commend poverty unless he is poor
Poverty is not a crime
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in the sense of absence
the fact of being without somethingIn the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
in the sense of aridity
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