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penury
used in King Lear

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Definition
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
  • and am bethought
    To take the basest and most poorest shape
    That ever penury, in contempt of man
    2.3 — Act 2 Scene 3 — The open Country (36% in)
penury = a state of extreme poverty or destitution

(editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare paraphrases this as:  "I've decided to disguise myself as the lowliest and rattiest beggar that mankind has ever seen.")
There are no more uses of "penury" in King Lear.

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