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Synonyms for poor

Noun

1. poor people, poor, people
usage: people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group); "the urban poor need assistance"

Adjective

1. hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched, unfortunate (vs. fortunate)
usage: deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"
2. poor (vs. rich), broke, bust, skint, stone-broke, stony-broke, destitute, impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken, hard up, impecunious, in straitened circumstances(predicate), penniless, penurious, pinched, moneyless, unprovided for(predicate), underprivileged
usage: having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"
3. poor (vs. rich), beggarly, mean, slummy
usage: characterized by or indicating poverty; "the country had a poor economy"; "they lived in the poor section of town"
4. poor (vs. rich), resourceless
usage: lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances; "a poor land"; "the area was poor in timber and coal"; "food poor in nutritive value"
5. inadequate, poor, short, insufficient (vs. sufficient), deficient
usage: not sufficient to meet a need; "an inadequate income"; "a poor salary"; "money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is in short supply"; "short on experience"
6. poor, bad (vs. good)
usage: unsatisfactory; "a poor light for reading"; "poor morale"; "expectations were poor"
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