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



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 Originlate Middle English: from Latin penuria ‘need, scarcity’; perhaps related to paene ‘almost’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: penury