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English definition of “poverty-stricken”

poverty-stricken

adjective     /ˈpɒv.ə.tiˌstrɪk.ən/ US  /ˈpɑː.vɚ.t̬i-/
describes a person or place suffering from the effects of being extremely poor: Some beggars are neither poverty-stricken nor homeless. There are few jobs for the peasants who have flooded into the cities from the poverty-stricken countryside in search of work.Poverty and poor
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