Definition of penury noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

penury

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈpenjəri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpenjəri//
 
[uncountable](formal) Poverty and famine
 
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the state of being very poor synonym poverty He died in penury. They were reduced to penury. See related entries: Poverty and famine Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin penuria ‘need, scarcity’; perhaps related to paene ‘almost’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: penury