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Though born into an impecunious family, she is a millionaire today.
  not having enough money to pay for a comfortable life
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  • Though born into an impecunious family, she is a millionaire today.
  • After receiving the grant, the formerly impecunious researchers found themselves awash in funding.
  • Every devoted artist, however impecunious, I felt, deserved at least this.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Some of the other teams on the mountain that year, failing to understand that Everest was no longer merely a mountain but a 32 commodity as well, were incensed And the greatest hue and cry came from Rob Hall, who was leading a small, impecunious New Zealand team.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air

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  • As it was precisely of that love that poor Winsett was starving to death, Archer looked with a sort of vicarious envy at this eager impecunious young man who had fared so richly in his poverty.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • You haven’t the thirsty look of the impecunious.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • She was, I knew, the fifth daughter of an impecunious Irish peer, and the Duke of Southshire was one of the best matches in England.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • For "advice" read "cash," he said to himself; and the fact that Gilbert Osmond had landed his highest prizes during his impecunious season confirmed his most cherished doctrine—the doctrine that a collector may freely be poor if he be only patient.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • It was a heady experience for a man who had lived an impecunious existence for the past thirty years.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • People called Maude lived there; impecunious, shifty, disreputable people; who could not pay their bills; and thus kept their gate locked and the big dog behind it to frighten duns.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past

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  • For "advice" read "cash," he said to himself; and the fact that Gilbert Osmond had landed his highest prizes during his impecunious season confirmed his most cherished doctrine—the doctrine that a collector may freely be poor if he be only patient.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Being a levelheaded individual who could give points to not a few in point of shrewd observation he also remarked on his very dilapidated hat and slouchy wearing apparel generally testifying to a chronic impecuniosity.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Mr. Hubbard was a florid, red-whiskered little man, whose admiration for art was considerably tempered by the inveterate impecuniosity of most of the artists who dealt with him.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Loose women, treating him as a friend, told him the troubles, difficulties, and successes of their lives; and card-sharpers, respecting his impecuniosity, stood him dinners and lent him five-pound notes.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
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Associated words [difficulty]:   impecunious [9]
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