Definition of poverty-stricken in English:

poverty-stricken

adjective

  • Extremely poor.

    ‘a poverty-stricken nation’
    • ‘Others are the lost and lonely, the homeless and poverty-stricken.’
    • ‘It is a poor, isolated place, full of poverty-stricken villagers and their malnourished children.’
    • ‘Even in their poverty-stricken condition, they could not forget that their father had once been a land-owner.’
    • ‘The woman's later life is described as lonely and poverty-stricken.’
    • ‘His mission was to capture the poverty-stricken lives of rural sharecroppers.’
    • ‘He claims that his purloined oil is sent to a crude refinery deep in the mangrove swamps of the Niger Delta and then sold off at a discount to poverty-stricken local people.’
    • ‘Isolated and poverty-stricken, few have jobs, and the community is plagued by alcohol abuse.’
    • ‘There is immoral, unethical and illegal prosperity on the one side and poverty-stricken people who are moral and ethical on the other.’
    • ‘This situation keeps poor farmers in developing countries poverty-stricken.’
    • ‘I saw people who are poverty-stricken but extremely rich within.’
    • ‘So much for all those well-intentioned statements in recent weeks about aid to poverty-stricken developing countries.’
    • ‘When he received the chance, he left the poverty-stricken nation and headed to Italy.’
    • ‘Corruption, for example, is widespread in poverty-stricken countries.’
    • ‘You can buy and donate resources to poverty-stricken areas, or help with other humanitarian efforts and causes.’
    • ‘He provides a heart-rending account of the daily torment of sheer survival in this most poverty-stricken country in Asia.’
    • ‘Among the poverty-stricken urban dwellers children often work as mechanics' assistants, tea sellers, or maidservants.’
    • ‘He describes his experiences in the poverty-stricken country.’
    • ‘The house also has aged - it looks small and poverty-stricken despite its attempts at ennoblement, and has not been maintained.’
    • ‘The academy subsidised poverty-stricken exiles and gave a voice to a huge community of intellectuals scattered across the globe.’
    • ‘It is a simple but engrossing thriller set around an under-resourced hospital in a poverty-stricken township.’
    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, in want, unable to make ends meet, down and out, necessitous, beggarly, moneyless, bankrupt, in straitened circumstances
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Pronunciation

poverty-stricken

/ˈpɒvətɪˌstrɪk(ə)n/