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"poverty-stricken" in British English

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uk   /ˈpɒv.ə.tiˌstrɪk.ən/  us   /ˈpɑː.vɚ.t̬i-/
A poverty-stricken ​person or ​place is ​suffering from the ​effects of being ​extremelypoor: Some ​beggars are neither poverty-stricken ​norhomeless. 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/
extremelypoor: My ​grandparentsarrived in this ​country as poverty-stricken ​immigrants.
(Definition of poverty-stricken from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “poverty-stricken”
in Chinese (Simplified) 贫困的,一贫如洗的…
in Turkish fukara, sefalet/yokluk içinde, çok yoksul…
in Russian очень бедный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 貧困的,一貧如洗的…
in Polish dotknięty biedą…
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