Pen"u*ry (?), n. [L. penuria; cf. Gr. hunger, poverty, need, one who works for his daily bread, a poor man, to work for one's daily bread, to be poor: cf. F. p'enurie.]
Absence of resources; want; privation; indigence; extreme poverty; destitution.
of military forces."
They were exposed to hardship and penury.
It arises in neither from penury of thought.
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