Etymology: From poverte, from Old French, from Latin paupertas, paupertÄs, from pauper ("poor") + -tas (noun of state suffix).Cognates include pauper, poor, French pauvreté'''.
- The quality or state of being poor or indigent; want or scarcity of means of subsistence; indigence; need.
- Any deficiency of elements or resources that are needed or desired, or that constitute richness; as, poverty of soil; poverty of the blood; poverty of ideas.
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