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Definition of Poor


  1. Destitute of property; wanting in material riches or goods; needy; indigent.
  2. So completely destitute of property as to be entitled to maintenance from the public.
  3. Destitute of such qualities as are desirable, or might naturally be expected
  4. Wanting in fat, plumpness, or fleshiness; lean; emaciated; meager; as, a poor horse, ox, dog, etc.
  5. Wanting in strength or vigor; feeble; dejected; as, poor health; poor spirits.
  6. Of little value or worth; not good; inferior; shabby; mean; as, poor clothes; poor lodgings.
  7. Destitute of fertility; exhausted; barren; sterile; -- said of land; as, poor soil.
  8. Destitute of beauty, fitness, or merit; as, a poor discourse; a poor picture.
  9. Without prosperous conditions or good results; unfavorable; unfortunate; unconformable; as, a poor business; the sick man had a poor night.
  10. Inadequate; insufficient; insignificant; as, a poor excuse.
  11. Worthy of pity or sympathy; -- used also sometimes as a term of endearment, or as an expression of modesty, and sometimes as a word of contempt.
  12. Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.
  13. A small European codfish (Gadus minutus); -- called also power cod.

Poor Quotations

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor. - Sholom Aleichem
Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
Sholom Aleichem

This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
William Shakespeare

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience, and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That's the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.
Oscar Wilde
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Poor Translations

poor in Afrikaans is kwaai, arm, sleg
poor in Dutch is erbarmelijk, beklagenswaardig
poor in Finnish is kurja
poor in French is pauvre, maigre
poor in Italian is umile, povero
poor in Latin is penuriosus, levidensis, pauper, inops
poor in Portuguese is mau, pobre
poor in Spanish is pobre
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