Meaning of “poverty-stricken” in the English Dictionary

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"poverty-stricken" in British English

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poverty-strickenadjective

uk /ˈpɒv.ə.tiˌstrɪk.ən/ us /ˈpɑː.vɚ.t̬iˌstrɪk.ən/

A poverty-stricken person or place is 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.

(Definition of “poverty-stricken” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"poverty-stricken" in American English

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poverty-strickenadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈpɑv·ər·tiˌstrɪk·ən/

extremely poor:

My grandparents arrived in this country as poverty-stricken immigrants.

(Definition of “poverty-stricken” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)