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poverty-stricken Line breaks: poverty-stricken
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒvətiˌstrɪk(ə)n/

Definition of poverty-stricken in English:


Extremely poor: a poverty-stricken nation
More example sentences
  • I saw people who are poverty-stricken but extremely rich within.
  • When he received the chance, he left the poverty-stricken nation and headed to Italy.
  • This situation keeps poor farmers in developing countries poverty-stricken.
extremely poor, impoverished, destitute, penniless, on one's beam-ends, as poor as a church mouse, without a sou, dirt poor, in penury, penurious, impecunious, indigent, needy, needful, in need/want, unable to make ends meet, down and out, necessitous, beggarly, moneyless, bankrupt, in straitened circumstances;
British on the breadline, without a penny (to one's name)
informalbroke, flat broke, cleaned out, strapped for cash, strapped, on one's uppers
British informalstony broke, skint, without two pennies/farthings to rub together, in Queer Street
North American informalstone broke

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