One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they experienced years of relentless poverty’
penury, destitution, indigence, pennilessness, privation, deprivation, impoverishment, neediness, need, want, hardship, impecuniousness, impecuniosity, hand-to-mouth existence, beggary, pauperism, straitened circumstances, bankruptcy, insolvency
2‘the poverty of choice meant that many left-wing voters read right-wing papers’
scarcity, deficiency, dearth, shortage, paucity, insufficiency, inadequacy, absence, lack, want, deficit, meagreness, limitedness, restrictedness, sparseness, sparsity
3‘the poverty of her imagination’
inferiority, mediocrity, poorness, barrenness, aridity, sterility
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