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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pen·u·ry /ˈpɛnjəri/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pen·u·ry n.
 1. Absence of resources; want; privation; indigence; extreme poverty; destitution. “A penury of military forces.”
    They were exposed to hardship and penury.   --Sprat.
    It arises in neither from penury of thought.   --Landor.
 2. Penuriousness; miserliness. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence
          appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the
          homeless" [syn: indigence, need, beggary, pauperism,