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The state of being poor - thesaurus

Synonyms

poverty

noun

a situation in which someone does not have enough money to pay for their basic needs

austerity

noun

a situation in which economic conditions are bad and people’s living standards fall

want

noun

a lack of money, food, and other things someone needs to live

deprivation

noun

a situation in which people do not have basic things that they need to live a comfortable life

destitution

noun

the state of having no money or possessions

penury

noun

formal the state of being extremely poor

privation

noun

formal a situation in which you do not have the basic things that you need for a comfortable life

the poorhouse

noun

the state of not having any money

subsistence level

noun

living conditions in which someone has only as much food and money as they need in order to stay alive

subsistence

noun

the ability to stay alive when you do not have much food or money

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the cupboard is bare

used for saying that there is no food left or money left to buy something

gutter

noun

the bad social conditions of the poorest people in society

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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