impecunious

[ im-pi-kyoo-nee-uhs ]

Part of Speech

adjective

Definition

having little or no money; penniless; poor

Origin + Etymology

Late 16th century; Latin

from in-1 ‘not’ + obsolete pecunious ‘having money, wealthy’ (from Latin pecuniosus, from pecunia ‘money’)

Synonyms

  • destitute
  • impoverished
  • poor

Antonyms

  • rich
  • wealthy

Example

The impecunious neighborhoods suffered the most in the aftermath of the hurricane.

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