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Roget category 804

5. Words relating to the voluntary powers
5.9. Possessive relations
›› 5.9.4. Monetary relations

#804. Poverty


poverty, indigence, penury, pauperism, destitution, wantneed, needinesslack, necessity, privation, distress, difficulties, wolf at the door.
bad circumstances, poor circumstances, need circumstances, embarrassed circumstances, reduced circumstances, straightened circumstancesslender means, narrow meansstraitshand to mouth existence, res angusta domi [Lat.], low water, impecuniosity.
beggarymendicancy, mendicitybroken fortune, loss of fortuneinsolvency etc. (nonpayment) 808.
empty pocket, empty purselight pursebeggarly account of empty boxes.
[poor people] poor man, pauper, mendicant, mumper, beggar, starvelingpauvre diable [Fr.]fakir, schnorrerhomeless person.


be poor etc. adj. — want, lack, starve, live from hand to mouth, have seen better days, go down in the world, come upon the parishgo to the dogs, go to wrack and ruinnot have a penny etc. (money) 800, not have a shot in one's lockerbeg one's breadtirer le diable par la queue [Fr.]run into debt etc. (debt) 806.
render poor etc. adj. — impoverishreduce, reduce to povertypauperize, fleece, ruin, bring to the parish.


poor, indigentpoverty-strickenbadly off, poorly off, ill offpoor as a rat, poor as a church mouse, poor as a Jobfortuneless, dowerless, moneyless, pennilessunportioned, unmoneyedimpecuniousout of money, out of cash, short of money, short of cashwithout a rap, not worth a rap etc. (money) 800qui n'a pas le sou [Fr.], out of pocket, hard upout at elbows, out at heelsseedy, bare-footedbeggarly, beggareddestitutefleeced, strippedbereft, bereavedreducedhomeless.
in want etc. n. — needy, necessitous, distressed, pinched, straitenedput to one's shifts, put to one's last shiftsunable to keep the wolf from the door, unable to make both ends meetembarrassed, under hatchesinvolved etc. (in debt) 806insolvent etc. (not paying) 808.


in forma pauperis [Lat.].


zonam perdidit [Lat.]a penniless lass wi' a lang pedigree" [Lady Nairne]; a pobreza no hay verguenza [Sp.] he that is down can fall no lower" [Butler]; poca roba poco pensiero [It]steeped .
. . in poverty to the very steeped . . . in poverty to the very lips" [Othello]; the short and simple annals of the poor" [Gray].

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