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POOR, a. L. pauper.

1. Wholly destitute of property, or not having property sufficient for a comfortable subsistence needy. It is often synonymous with indigent, and with necessitous, denoting extreme want it is also applied to persons who are not entirely destitute of property, but are not rich as a poor man or woman poor people
2. In law, so destitute of property as to be entitled to maintenance from the public.
3. Destitute of strength, beauty or dignity barren mean jejune as a poor composition a poor essay a poor discourse.
4. Destitute of value, worth or importance of little use trifling.

That I have wronged no man, will be a poor plea or apology at the last day.

5. Paltry mean of little value as a poor coat a poor house.
6. Destitute of fertility barren exhausted as poor land. The ground is become poor.
7. Of little worth unimportant as in my poor opinion.
8. Unhappy pitiable.

Vex'd sailors curse the rain

For which poor shepherds pray'd in vain.

9. Mean depressed low dejected destitute of spirit.

A soothsayer made Antonius believe that his genius,which was otherwise brave, was, in the presence of Octavianus, poor and cowardly.

10. Lean emaciated as a poor horse. The ox is poor.
11. Small, or of a bad quality as a poor crop a poor harvest.
12. Uncomfortable restless The patient has had a poor night.
13. Destitute of saving grace. Revelation 3
14. In general, wanting good qualities, or the qualities which render a thing valuable, excellent, proper, or sufficient for its purpose as a poor pen a poor ship a poor carriage poor fruit poor bread poor wine, &c.
15. A word of tenderness or pity dear.

Poor, little, pretty, fluttering thing.

16. A word of slight contempt wretched.

The poor monk never saw many of the decrees and councils he had occasion to use.

17. The poor, collectively, used as a noun those who are destitute of property the indigent the needy in a legal sense, those who depend on charity or maintenance by the public.

I have observed the more public provisions are made for the poor, the less they provide for themselves.

Poor in spirit, in a Scriptural sense, humble contrite abased in one's own sight by a sense of guilt. Matthew 5

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Poor'. King James Dictionary.

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