Used euphemistically to refer to the state of being poor after being relatively wealthy: a divorcee living in reduced circumstances
More example sentences
- It is a fact of life that the death of a husband or wife results in reduced circumstances for the surviving partner.
- Despite his seemingly reduced circumstances, Reid was still able to spend almost 3000 on a round-trip ticket from Paris via Miami and Antigua.
- Having taken advantage of increased funding to become a full-time athlete, he now finds his reduced circumstances and changing priorities have affected his thinking.
impoverished, in straitened circumstances, ruined, bankrupt, bankrupted, bust, insolvent; poor, indigent, penurious, impecunious, in penury, moneyless, without a sou, as poor as a church mouse, poverty-stricken, destitute, necessitous; needy, in need/want, badly off, hard up, on one's beam-ends, unable to make ends meet, underprivileged; Britishon the breadline, without a penny (to one's name)
British informal stony broke, skint, without two pennies/(brass) farthings to rub together, in Queer Street
North American informal stone broke
rare pauperized, beggared
Definition of reduced circumstances in:
- The US English dictionary