Word of the Day: Poverty

pov-er-ty / ˈpä-vər-tē

 

noun

 

  1. the state of having little to no money or possessions

Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.

James A. Baldwin, 1924-1987

 

  1. deficiency of necessary qualities

If the incidence of disease depends on the poverty of the soil, it would seem that there must be something very wrong somewhere in the current methods of cotton growing; otherwise these diseases ought not to occur.

from ‘The Soil and Health: A Study of Organic Agriculture’ by Albert Howard, 1873-1947

 

  1. scarcity

It betrays a poverty of ambition if all you think about is what goods you can buy instead of what good you can do.

Barack Obama, 1961-