pov·er·ty /ˈpɑvɝtɪ/ 名詞
1. The quality or state of being poor or indigent; want or scarcity of means of subsistence; indigence; need. “Swathed in numblest poverty.”
The drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty. --Prov. xxiii. 21.
2. Any deficiency of elements or resources that are needed or desired, or that constitute richness; as, poverty of soil; poverty of the blood; poverty of ideas.
Poverty grass Bot., a name given to several slender grasses (as Aristida dichotoma, and Danthonia spicata) which often spring up on old and worn-out fields.
Syn: -- Indigence; penury; beggary; need; lack; want; scantiness; sparingness; meagerness; jejuneness.
Usage: Poverty, Indigence, Pauperism. Poverty is a relative term; what is poverty to a monarch, would be competence for a day laborer. Indigence implies extreme distress, and almost absolute destitution. Pauperism denotes entire dependence upon public charity, and, therefore, often a hopeless and degraded state.
n : the state of having little or no money and few or no
material possessions [syn: poorness, impoverishment]