Part of speech: noun

The state of being poor; destitution.

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Usage examples "poverty":

  1. " It is," replied the man, who, notwithstanding his poverty- stricken appearance, spoke like a person of education. - "Revenge!", by Robert Barr.
  2. To know it was to realise at once her riches and her poverty. - "The Dop Doctor", Clotilde Inez Mary Graves.
  3. Or do you think that your own wife and children, who deserted you in your wealth, will come back to you in your poverty? - "A Millionaire of Rough-and-Ready", Bret Harte.