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poverty

noun [U] uk   /ˈpɒv.ə.ti/  us   /ˈpɑː.vɚ.t̬i/
B2 the condition of being extremely poor: Two million people in the city live in abject (= very great) poverty. He emigrated to Australia to escape the grinding (= very great) poverty of his birthplace. Helping to alleviate poverty in developing countries also helps to reduce environmental destruction.a poverty of sth formal a lack of something or when the quality of something is extremely low: There is a disappointing poverty of creativity in their work.
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in Arabic فَقْر…
in Korean 가난…
in Malaysian kemiskinan…
in French pauvreté…
in Turkish yoksulluk, fakirlik, sefalet…
in Italian povertà, miseria…
in Chinese (Traditional) 貧困,貧窮…
in Russian бедность…
in Polish bieda, nędza, ubóstwo…
in Vietnamese sự nghèo đói…
in Spanish pobreza…
in Portuguese pobreza…
in Thai ความจน…
in German die Armut…
in Catalan pobresa…
in Japanese 貧困, 貧乏…
in Indonesian kemiskinan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 贫困,贫穷…
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