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 Meanings and Examples of PENURY
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penury
 n.  extreme poverty; lack of something; barrenness; insufficiency
Classic Sentence:
1  Ashamed that she was poor and reduced to galling shifts and penury and work that negroes should do.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXV
2  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
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLVIII
3  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
Get Context   In CHAPTER V
4  Here lies the Negro problem in its naked dirt and penury.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois
Get Context   In VII
5  It contained but two rooms, and these exhibited all the squalidness of the most miserable penury.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 19
6  It was too far to return to dinner, and an allowance of cold meat and bread, in the same penurious proportion observed in our ordinary meals, was served round between the services.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER VII
Example Sentence:
1  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.