One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A state of extreme poverty.
poverty, penury, destitution, ruin, ruination, indigence, impecuniousness, impoverishment, need, neediness, privation, want, hardship, distress, difficulties, dire straits, reduced circumstances, straitened circumstances, mendicancy, vagrancyView synonyms
- ‘We condemn our own indigenous peoples to beggary.’
- ‘In his diary he describes how he ‘saw various forms of squalor, disease, and deformity-all manner of importunate beggary.’’
- ‘How many children have been forced into beggary and crime?’
- ‘War widows were reduced to beggary and young children employed as metalworkers.’
- ‘he would exclaim, ‘what wild visions of prodigies of wickedness, want and beggary, arose in my mind of that place!’’
- ‘The humiliation of beggary often produced resentments which, in turn, led to retaliation often in the form of pretended witchery: spreading white powder as threat to kill cattle or to make people ill.’
- ‘He was separated from society not by choice and intellect, but by some involuntary spasm of fate that had left him bitter and reduced to beggary.’
- ‘British and American officials grew to dislike this aspect of diplomacy and considered it a veiled form of beggary.’
- ‘Families, bred in opulence and luxury, were reduced to beggary.’
- ‘Through the department of moral censorship, provision has been made for the eradication of beggary.’
- ‘The next theme was apt to the problems plaguing every developing country - poverty and beggary.’
- ‘‘Our aim is to gradually eliminate child beggary in the city in the long run and ensure qualitative rehabilitation for the children,’ says the Director of Social Defence.’
- ‘Prostitution and beggary are the only options especially for widows to survive and feed their children.’
- ‘I didn't see any Western country with so many elements of social morbidity: poverty, beggary and starvation.’
- ‘A scheme on prevention of child beggary is one of the new projects.’
- ‘They join a growing mob of desperate young people who travel from town to town, chased and harassed by the police, and eventually reduced to beggary and stealing in order to survive.’
- ‘We were not to tell them that beggary, prostitution, murder, drug addiction or official corruption existed.’
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