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EtymologyEdit

From Latin pēnūria (want), related to paene (scarcely, adverb), c. 1400. Compare French pénurie.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpɛnjʊɹi/, /ˈpɛnjəɹi/

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penury (usually uncountable, plural penuries)

  1. Extreme want; poverty; destitution.
  2. A lack of something; a dearth.
    Synonyms: barrenness, insufficiency

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