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penury
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
  • Naturally: for when "poor Peter" had occupied his arm-chair in the wainscoted parlor, no assiduous beetles for whom the cook prepares boiling water could have been less welcome on a hearth which they had reasons for preferring, than those persons whose Featherstone blood was ill-nourished, not from penuriousness on their part, but from poverty.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (82% in)

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