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poverty

a situation where a person's income is too low to enable him or her to buy the amount of food, clothing and shelter that are deemed necessary to meet his or her basic needs, that is, some ‘subsistence’ standard of living. Countries have different definitions of what minimum income constitutes poverty and often measure poverty levels as a proportion of average income. High proportions of the populations of DEVELOPING COUNTRIES experience poverty. Governments attempt to combat poverty by encouraging faster ECONOMIC GROWTH and by the redistribution of income. See REDISTRIBUTION-OFINCOME PRINCIPLE OF TAXATION, ABILITY-TO-PAY PRINCIPLE OF TAXATION, PROGRESSIVE TAXATION, SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS.
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I know that you were one of them, my uncle, and that you cried louder than the others: `She must die.' Therefore I warn you, and listen well to my words, that they may be engraved upon your memory, never to be forgotten: this murder, which has robbed me of everything -- this murder, which has deprived me of my name -- this murder, which has impoverished me -- this murder, which has made me corrupt, wicked, implacable -- I shall summon you to account for it first and then those who were your accomplices, when I discover them!"
it is not fit for such as we to sit with the rulers of the land,'' said the Jew; whose ambition for precedence though it had led him to dispute Place with the extenuated and impoverished descendant of the line of Montdidier, by no means stimulated him to an intrusion upon the privileges of the wealthy Saxons.
He had been a classmate of Bowen Tyler at college, and a fraternity brother, and before, that he had been an impoverished and improvident cow-puncher on one of the great Tyler ranches.
"Lonely, aged, deprived of my family, an impoverished, an embarrassed man." But dogged courage comes to him again.
Initiative aims to increase access to education for marginalised and impoverished children in Qatar
Or do we allow a government dominated by a neighbouring country to erect administrative barriers to this, impoverishing the culture of this country in the same way they have economically impoverished it?
Do we continue to welcome people from other countries who have come here to work, make their homes here and bring up a new generation of Scots, or do we allow a government dominated by a neighbouring country to erect administrative barriers to this, impoverishing the culture of this country in the same way they have economically impoverished it.
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In his Holy Wednesday mass held at the impoverished Parola compound in Tondo, Manila, the head of the nation's Catholic hierarchy likened the obsession with wealth to betrayal similar to what disciple Judas Iscariot did to Jesus Christ.
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KRCS delivers winter aid to 120 impoverished families in Kuwait KUWAIT, Dec 31 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) on Monday distributed crucial winter supplies to some 120 needy families across the country, the venerable charity said.
I HAVE just written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to say how appalled I am that in recent years the Department of Health has promoted to impoverished countries a financing mechanism that has burdened the NHS with debt and is threatening the provision of good quality, affordable health care in those countries.