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Definition 1: people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group) - [noun denoting group]

Samples where poor or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the urban poor need assistance

Synonyms for poor in the sense of this definition

(poor is a kind of ...) (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

"old people" "there were at least 200 people in the audience"

(... is a kind of poor ) poor people who unfortunately do not have a home to live in

"the homeless became a problem in the large cities"

(... is a kind of poor ) needy people collectively

"they try to help the needy"

(poor is used in the usage domain ...) the form of a word that is used to denote more than one

Definition 2: having little money or few possessions - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where poor or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • deplored the gap between rich and poor countries
  • the proverbial poor artist living in a garret

(poor is similar to ...) lacking funds

"`skint' is a British slang term"

(poor is similar to ...) poor enough to need help from others

(poor is similar to ...) not having enough money to pay for necessities

(poor is similar to ...) having no money

"virtually moneyless rural regions"

(poor is similar to ...) without income or means

"left his family unprovided for"

(means also ...) lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society

(... are attributes of poor) the condition of (corporate or personal) finances

Definition 3: lacking in quality or substances - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where poor or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a poor land
  • the area was poor in timber and coal
  • food poor in nutritive value
  • the food in the cafeteria was of poor quality

(poor is similar to ...) lacking or deficient in natural resources

Definition 4: characterized by or indicating poverty - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where poor or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the country had a poor economy
  • they lived in the poor section of town

(poor is similar to ...) marked by poverty befitting a beggar

"a beggarly existence in the slums" "a mean hut"

(poor is similar to ...) (of housing or residential areas) indicative of poverty

"a slummy part of town" "slum conditions"

Definition 5: of insufficient quantity to meet a need - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where poor or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an inadequate income
  • a poor salary
  • money is short
  • on short rations
  • food is in short supply
  • short on experience
  • the jejune diets of the very poor

Synonyms for poor in the sense of this definition

(poor is similar to ...) of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

"insufficient funds"

Definition 6: deserving or inciting pity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where poor or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a hapless victim
  • miserable victims of war
  • the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic
  • piteous appeals for help
  • pitiable homeless children
  • a pitiful fate
  • Oh, you poor thing
  • his poor distorted limbs
  • a wretched life

Synonyms for poor in the sense of this definition

(poor is similar to ...) not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune

"an unfortunate turn of events" "an unfortunate decision" "unfortunate investments" "an unfortunate night for all concerned"

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