Poverty

  • 1 Poverty — • Discusses poverty as a concept and canonical discipline Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Poverty     Poverty     † …

    Catholic encyclopedia

  • 2 Poverty — Pov er*ty (p[o^]v [ e]r*t[y^]), n. [OE. poverte, OF. povert[ e], F. pauvret[ e], fr. L. paupertas, fr. pauper poor. See {Poor}.] 1. The quality or state of being poor or indigent; want or scarcity of means of subsistence; indigence; need. Swathed …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 poverty — pov‧er‧ty [ˈpɒvəti ǁ ˈpɑːvərti] noun [uncountable] 1. the situation or experience of being poor: • 86% of the population lives in poverty. • a major anti poverty initiative 2. the poverty line the income below which people are officially… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 poverty — poverty, indigence, penury, want, destitution, privation all denote the state of one who is poor or without enough to live upon. Poverty, the most comprehensive of these terms, typically implies such deficiency of resources that one is deprived… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 poverty — [päv′ər tē] n. [ME poverte < OFr povreté < L paupertas < pauper, POOR] 1. the condition or quality of being poor; indigence; need 2. deficiency in necessary properties or desirable qualities, or in a specific quality, etc.; inadequacy… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 poverty — late 12c., from O.Fr. poverte, from L. paupertatem (nom. paupertas) poverty, from pauper (see POOR (Cf. poor)). Seeing so much poverty everywhere makes me think that God is not rich. He gives the appearance of it, but I suspect some financial… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 poverty — poverty, poorness Poverty is the usual noun corresponding to poor in its meanings to do with lack of wealth or lack of things regarded like wealth (e.g. poverty of inspiration). Poorness is not often used and is more usual in meanings to do with… …

    Modern English usage

  • 8 poverty — I noun absence, bare subsistence, beggarliness, beggary, dearth, deficiency, deficit, depletion, destitution, difficulty, distress, embarrassed circumstances, exigency, famine, humbleness, impecuniosity, impecuniousness, impoverishment, indigence …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 poverty — [n] want; extreme need, often financial abjection, aridity, bankruptcy, barrenness, beggary, dearth, debt, deficiency, deficit, depletion, destitution, difficulty, distress, emptiness, exiguity, famine, hardship, impecuniousness, impoverishment,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 poverty — ► NOUN 1) the state of being extremely poor. 2) the state of being insufficient in amount. ORIGIN Old French poverte, from Latin pauper poor …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 Poverty — Street children sleeping in Mulberry Street – Jacob Riis photo New York, United States (1890) Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money.[1] Absolute poverty or destitution is inability to afford …

    Wikipedia

  • 12 poverty — A state in which resources, usually material but sometimes cultural, are lacking. It is common to distinguish between absolute and relative definitions of poverty. Poverty defined in absolute terms refers to a state in which the individual lacks… …

    Dictionary of sociology

  • 13 poverty — /pov euhr tee/, n. 1. the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor; indigence. 2. deficiency of necessary or desirable ingredients, qualities, etc.: poverty of the soil. 3. scantiness;… …

    Universalium

  • 14 POVERTY — Distinctions between rich and poor predate recorded history. In Israel, however, these differences do not seem to have become pronounced until the eighth century B.C.E., following the social revolution produced by the monarchy and the dissolution …

    Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 15 poverty — pov|er|ty W3 [ˈpɔvəti US ˈpa:vərti] n [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: poverté, from Latin paupertas, from pauper; POOR] 1.) [U] the situation or experience of being poor →↑poor, impoverished ↑impoverished ▪ Millions of elderly people live …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 poverty — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ abject, absolute, extreme, grinding, severe ▪ widespread ▪ global, world ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 poverty — 01. There are more and more people living in [poverty] in this country, and food banks are unable to meet their needs. 02. G. K. Chesterton once remarked that the honest poor can sometimes forget [poverty], but the honest rich can never forget it …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 18 poverty — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Lack of money Nouns 1. poverty, impecuniousness, indigence, penury, pauperism, destitution, want, poverty line or level; need, neediness; lack, necessity, privation, distress, difficulties; bad, poor, or …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 poverty — n. 1) to breed poverty (illiteracy breeds poverty) 2) to eliminate, eradicate, wipe out poverty 3) abject, dire, extreme, grinding, severe poverty 4) in poverty (to live in grinding poverty) * * * [ pɒvətɪ] dire eradicate extreme grinding severe… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 20 poverty —    Popular representations of poverty have included references to ‘scroungers’ on the ‘Costa del Dole’, ‘aggressive beggars’, the ‘dependency culture’ and the ‘underclass’. Although closer to home, the impact of images of ‘cardboard city’ has… …

    Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture