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penury
used in As You Like It

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Definition
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
  • What prodigal portion have I spent that I should come to such penury?
    1.1 — Act 1 Scene 1 — An Orchard near OLIVER'S house (25% in)
penury = a state of extreme poverty or destitution
  • With a priest that lacks Latin and a rich man that hath not the gout: for the one sleeps easily because he cannot study, and the other lives merrily because he feels no pain; the one lacking the burden of lean and wasteful learning, the other knowing no burden of heavy tedious penury.
    3.2 — Act 3 Scene 2 — The Forest of Arden (74% in)

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