poverty

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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.
References in classic literature ?
'chill penury repressed his noble rage, and froze the genial current of the soul.' However, say nothing to Charles about it, I charge you."
= slightly misquoted from Shakespeare, "King Henry IV, Part I," Act I, Scene 3, line 202; chill penury....
Philip could not wrench out of his nature the instincts of the middle-class from which he came; and the penury, the hack work which Cronshaw did to keep body and soul together, the monotony of existence between the slovenly attic and the cafe table, jarred with his respectability.
His mother explained to him her liberal designs, in case of his marrying Miss Morton; told him she would settle on him the Norfolk estate, which, clear of land-tax, brings in a good thousand a-year; offered even, when matters grew desperate, to make it twelve hundred; and in opposition to this, if he still persisted in this low connection, represented to him the certain penury that must attend the match.
Fyne did not know what it might mean to be suddenly reduced from riches to absolute penury. Fyne with his masculine imagination was less inclined to rejoice extravagantly at the girl's escape from the moral dangers which had been menacing her defenceless existence.
who had e'er imagined she could fall To such a depth of misery as this, To tend in penury thy stricken frame, A virgin ripe for wedlock, but unwed, A prey for any wanton ravisher?
Government officials once they retire are forced to live the rest of their lives in near penury as the pension they receive is barely enough to meet the expenses of daily living every month.
The appointments are given to the most suitable applicants based on their penury conditions and to support their livelihood.
Having established the aforementioned, I will proceed with a few points: Firstly, it is no longer news that Nigeria; the country with the highest Christian population in Africa, is the Extreme Poverty Capital of the world - where more than 80Million of her citizens live in abject penury and below one dollar per day.
Inequality matters when hunger, thirst, bad diets, homelessness, ill health, or any one of the many routes to an early grave paved by penury are both avoidable and scandalous.
Their economic misery is borderless, and they are pushed into penury. Their paltry income is clawed back by the government in the form of oppressive taxes.
Urging avid philanthropists in the country to contribute to the project, the organization's director general Salem Al-Hamar said the primary objective is to lift the hapless kids out of penury. He went on to extol the merits of orphanage, saying it was among the most generous of deeds, encouraging the general public to visit the charity's website at www.kuwaitfoodbank.org for more information on the project.