n. extreme poverty; lack of something; barrenness; insufficiency
When his pension fund failed, George feared he would end his days in penury. He became such a penny pincher that he turned into a closefisted, penurious miser.
Sentence in Classic:
Ten months earlier the amount it stood for had represented the depths of penury; but her standard of values had changed in the interval, and now visions of wealth lurked in every flourish of the pen.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context
Remembering the bitter hungry days at Tara and her more recent penury, Scarlett felt that she could never eat enough of these rich dishes.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
God, when he gave the world in common to all mankind, commanded man also to labour, and the penury of his condition required it of him.
Second Treatise of Government By John Locke Context