1. A condition that an individual exists in if he or she lacks the proper resources to sustain the minimum standard of what is considered a healthy existence. Income is often used as an indicator for poverty, though poverty can also refer to a lack of fundamental services, such as sanitation or healthcare, in the location that the individual resides.

2. Any kind of lacking of the necessary components or qualities
1. The homeless guy lived in poverty because he recycled cans for a living and didn't make enough money to purchase what he needed to live healthily. The African shepherd also lived in poverty, because the services necessary to make his life healthy could not purchased at all where he lived, even if he had money.

2. "There is no wealth like education and no poverty like ignorance."
-Ali ibn Abi Talib
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Unfortunate or unpleasing; bad; not money. Can be used to show disapproval.
Wow that joke was pretty poverty. You suck.
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What happens when you lack sufficient money. Minor forms are just an annoyance but extreme forms can cause hunger or premature death (like kids in Africa).

Types of poverty:

Pseudo-poverty: People like this make me mad- it's when you are living in a nice area or even own a house and all of your friends are rich or spoiled. But you are only middle-class or not as spoiled, and as a result complain or post on the internet that you are "poor" when instead you live in an area like southern Orange County CA.

Minor poverty: You struggle to afford casual things that all your middle-class (not rich/spoiled) friends have and usually live in an apartment that rents for less than $1500.

Moderate poverty: You need gov. assistance and live on food banks/food stamps. You likely are in a crime-ridden cheap area.

Severe poverty: You struggle to even eat or find a home. I don't think you would be able to access the internet and read this.

Absolute poverty: The stereotypical "kid in Africa". You're dead if you are at this level. Either major disease or starvation strikes you.
My family lives in minor poverty, but is at risk of being in "moderate". At least I'm not in severe or absolute poverty...
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Poverty is when you can't afford an internet connection, bro.
poverty is something you're not in
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another word of 'gangster'. referring to something being cheap or done halfass. Something that reminds you of a something would be see in the hood.
" Oh my god, man, check out that guys bumper, he duct taped it back on!!"

"yeah man I see that, thats poverty"
by Joshuaa January 24, 2008

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1. The preferred state for most minorities and Democrats by the Republican party.

2. The lack of morals exhibited by the old men and oil companies who run the economy.

3. Having enough money for weed but none for lighters or rolling papers.

4. The vow taken by members of the Roman Catholic Church (you know them, right? Biggest land-owners on the planet?)
syn: bullshit

1. The Republican view towards poverty is bullshit.

2. Running away with all the fuckin' money, leaving everyone else in poverty, is bullshit!

3. Oh man... where's a pop can and two twigs to rub together? Poverty is Bullshit!

4. Those rich assholes don't pay taxes just because they wear dresses and chant? Vow of poverty, my ass... That's complete BULLSHIT!
by Madmann October 02, 2005

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when something isn't very cool. when something is lame.
Yo son the way he treated that girl was straight poverty son.
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The result of capitalism.
Make poverty history.
Abolish capitalism.
by Sidthemod April 12, 2006

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