Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (II) Intersocial Volition
Section IV. Possessive Relations
4. Monetary Relations
POVERTY, indigence, penury, pauperism, destitution, want; need, neediness; lack, necessity, privation, distress, difficulties, wolf at the door.
STRAITS; bad -, poor -, needy -, embarrassed -, reduced -, straightened- circumstances; slender -, narrow- means; hand-to-mouth existence, res angusta domi [L.], low water [slang, U. S.], impecuniosity.
MENDICITY, beggary, mendicancy; broken -, loss of- fortune; insolvency (nonpayment) [See Nonpayment].
empty -purse, - pocket; light purse; a beggarly account of empty boxes [Romeo and Juliet].
POOR MAN, pauper, mumper, mendicant, beggar, starveling; pauvre diable [F.], fakir or fakeer [India], sunyasi [India], schnorrer [Yiddish].
BE POOR &c. adj.; want, lack, starve, live from hand to mouth, have seen better days, go down in the world, come upon the parish; go to -the dogs, - the almshouse, - the poorhouse, - rack and ruin; not have a -penny (money) [See Money], - shot in ones locker; beg ones bread, - from door to door; tirer le diable par la queue [F.]; run into debt (debt) [See Debt].
RENDER POOR &c. adj.; impoverish; reduce, - to poverty; pauperize, fleece, ruin, bring on the parish.
POOR, indigent; poverty-stricken; badly -, poorly -, ill- off; poor as -a rat, - a church mouse, - Job, - Jobs turkey [colloq.]; fortuneless, dowerless, moneyless, penniless; unportioned, unmoneyed; impecunious; out -, short- of -money, - cash; without -, not- worth- a rap (money) [See Money]; qui na pas le sou [F.], out of pocket, hard up; out at -elbows, - heels; seedy [colloq.], in rags, barefooted; beggarly, beggared, destitute; fleeced, stripped; bereft, bereaved; reduced.
IN WANT &c. n.; needy, necessitous, distressed, pinched, straitened; put to ones -shifts, - last shifts; unable to -keep the wolf from the door, - make both ends meet; embarrassed, under hatches; involved (in debt) [See Debt]; insolvent (not paying) [See Nonpayment].
in formâ pauperis [L.].
A penniless lass wi a lang pedigree.Lady Nairne
À pobreza no hay vergüenza.
He that is down can fall no lower.Butler
Poca roba poco pensiero.
Steepd in poverty to the very lips.Othello
The short and simple annals of the poor.Gray
The beggarly last doit.Cowper
I am as poor as Job, my lord, but not so patient.II Henry IV
I only ask that Fortune send A little more than I can spend.Holmes
I enjoyed the immunities of impecuniosity with the opportunities of a millionaire.Shaw