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 for poor
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Poor \Poor\, a. [Compar. Poorer (?; 254); superl. Poorest.]
     [OE. poure or povre, OF. povre, F. pauvre, L. pauper; the
     first syllable of which is probably akin to paucus few (see
     Paucity, Few), and the second to parare to prepare,
     procure. See Few, and cf. Parade, Pauper, Poverty.]
     1. Destitute of property; wanting in material riches or
        goods; needy; indigent.
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     Note: 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 who are not rich; as, a poor man or woman; poor
           [1913 Webster]
     2. (Law) So completely destitute of property as to be
        entitled to maintenance from the public.
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     3. Hence, in very various applications: Destitute of such
        qualities as are desirable, or might naturally be
        expected; as:
        (a) Wanting in fat, plumpness, or fleshiness; lean;
            emaciated; meager; as, a poor horse, ox, dog, etc.
            "Seven other kine came up after them, poor and very
            ill-favored and lean-fleshed." --Gen. xli. 19.
        (b) Wanting in strength or vigor; feeble; dejected; as,
            poor health; poor spirits. "His genius . . . poor and
            cowardly." --Bacon.
        (c) Of little value or worth; not good; inferior; shabby;
            mean; as, poor clothes; poor lodgings. "A poor
            vessel." --Clarendon.
        (d) Destitute of fertility; exhausted; barren; sterile; --
            said of land; as, poor soil.
        (e) Destitute of beauty, fitness, or merit; as, a poor
            discourse; a poor picture.
        (f) Without prosperous conditions or good results;
            unfavorable; unfortunate; unconformable; as, a poor
            business; the sick man had a poor night.
        (g) Inadequate; insufficient; insignificant; as, a poor
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                  That I have wronged no man will be a poor plea
                  or apology at the last day.       --Calamy.
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     4. Worthy of pity or sympathy; -- used also sometimes as a
        term of endearment, or as an expression of modesty, and
        sometimes as a word of contempt.
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              And for mine own poor part,
              Look you, I'll go pray.               --Shak.
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              Poor, little, pretty, fluttering thing. --Prior.
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     5. Free from self-assertion; not proud or arrogant; meek.
        "Blessed are the poor in spirit." --Matt. v. 3.
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     Poor law, a law providing for, or regulating, the relief or
        support of the poor.
     Poor man's treacle (Bot.), garlic; -- so called because it
        was thought to be an antidote to animal poison. [Eng]
        --Dr. Prior.
     Poor man's weatherglass (Bot.), the red-flowered pimpernel
        ({Anagallis arvensis), which opens its blossoms only in
        fair weather.
     Poor rate, an assessment or tax, as in an English parish,
        for the relief or support of the poor.
     Poor soldier (Zool.), the friar bird.
     The poor, 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." --Franklin.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Poor \Poor\, n. (Zool.)
     A small European codfish ({Gadus minutus); -- called also
     power cod.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim";
             "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her
             as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous
             appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a
             pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted
             limbs"; "a wretched life" [syn: hapless, miserable,
             misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable,
             pitiful, poor, wretched]
      2: having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap
         between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist
         living in a garret" [ant: rich]
      3: characterized by or indicating poverty; "the country had a
         poor economy"; "they lived in the poor section of town" [ant:
      4: lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances; "a
         poor land"; "the area was poor in timber and coal"; "food
         poor in nutritive value" [ant: rich]
      5: not sufficient to meet a need; "an inadequate income"; "a
         poor salary"; "money is short"; "on short rations"; "food is
         in short supply"; "short on experience" [syn: inadequate,
         poor, short]
      6: unsatisfactory; "a poor light for reading"; "poor morale";
         "expectations were poor"
      n 1: people without possessions or wealth (considered as a
           group); "the urban poor need assistance" [syn: poor
           people, poor] [ant: rich, rich people]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  390 Moby Thesaurus words for "poor":
     DP, Lenten, Mickey Mouse, Spartan, abject, abominable, abstemious,
     against, amateurish, arrant, artless, ascetic, atrocious,
     attenuated, austere, awful, bad, badly off, bankrupt, bare-handed,
     barren, base, beggared, beggarly, below par, beneath contempt,
     broke, bumbling, cadaverous, cheap, cheeseparing, cheesy, chinchy,
     chintzy, chronic poor, chronic poverty area, coarse, common, con,
     contemptible, corpselike, crumbling, crummy, debased, decrepit,
     defective, deficient, degraded, depleted, depraved,
     depressed class, depressed population, despicable, destitute,
     destitution, dirty, disappointed, disapprobatory, disapproving,
     discontented, disenchanted, disgruntled, disgusting, disillusioned,
     disintegrating, displeased, dissatisfied, dissenting, distressed,
     down to bedrock, down-and-out, dwarfed, dwarfish, emacerated,
     emaciate, emaciated, embarrassed, empty-handed, execrable,
     exhausted, exiguous, famished, faulty, feeble, feeling the pinch,
     flagrant, flat, flat broke, flawed, flimsy, fortuneless, foul,
     fourth-class, frugal, fruitless, fulsome, gaudy, ghetto-dwellers,
     gimcracky, grave, gross, haggard, half-assed, half-starved,
     hapless, hard up, heinous, hollow-eyed, homely, humble,
     humble-looking, humble-visaged, humblest, ill, ill off,
     ill-equipped, ill-fated, ill-furnished, ill-provided, ill-starred,
     impecunious, impecuniousness, impoverished, impoverishment,
     in Queer Street, in narrow circumstances, in need, in rags,
     in reduced circumstances, in straitened circumstances, in want,
     inadept, inadequate, inapt, inattentive, inconclusive,
     inconsequential, indigence, indigent, indignant, inefficient,
     inept, inexpert, inferior, infertile, infirm, infrequent,
     inglorious, innocuous, insignificant, insolvent, insubstantial,
     insufficient, irregular, jejune, land-poor, lean, least, limited,
     little, lousy, low, low-class, low-down, low-grade, low-quality,
     low-test, lowest, lowliest, lowly, luckless, lumpen, mangy,
     marantic, marasmic, meager, mean, measly, mediocre, meretricious,
     miserable, miserly, modest, moneyless, monstrous, narrow,
     necessitous, neediness, needy, nefarious, niggardly, obnoxious,
     odious, on short commons, on the edge, opposed, opposing,
     out of pocket, outcasts, paltry, parsimonious, pathetic, pauperism,
     pauperized, peaked, peaky, pedestrian, penniless, penurious,
     penury, petty, piddling, pinched, pitiable, pitiful, plain, poky,
     poorish, poorly off, poorness, poverty subculture,
     poverty-stricken, privation, punk, puny, rank, rare, reduced,
     reptilian, rotten, rotten at, rubbishy, ruined, sad, scabby, scant,
     scanty, scarce, scattered, scrawny, scrimp, scrimping, scrimpy,
     scrubby, scruffy, scummy, scurvy, scuzzy, second-best,
     second-class, second-rate, seedy, seldom met with, seldom seen,
     shabby, shoddy, short, short of cash, short of funds,
     short of money, shorthanded, shriveled, simple, skeletal,
     skill-less, skimp, skimping, skimpy, slender, slight, slim,
     slipshod, slum-dwellers, small, sorry, spare, sparing, sparse,
     spotty, sprinkled, squalid, squeezed, star-crossed, starvation,
     starved, starveling, starving, sterile, stingy, stinted,
     stone-broke, stony, straitened, strapped, stunted, subsistence,
     substandard, tabetic, tabid, tacky, teachable, the disadvantaged,
     the dispossessed, the distressed, the down-and-out,
     the forgotten man, the have-nots, the needy, the other America,
     the poor, the powerless, the underprivileged, the urban poor, thin,
     third-class, third-rate, thoughtless, tight, tinny, trashy,
     trifling, trivial, trumpery, turned-off, two-for-a-cent,
     two-for-a-penny, twopenny, twopenny-halfpenny, unacceptable,
     unappreciative, unapproving, unapt, uncomplimentary, undeft,
     under par, underdeveloped nation, underfed, undermanned,
     undernourished, underprivileged, undexterous, undextrous,
     undistinguished, unfacile, unfavorable, unfed, unfirm, unfortunate,
     unfruitful, unhappy, unimportant, unintelligent, unlucky,
     unmentionable, unmoneyed, unnourishing, unnutritious,
     unpretentious, unproductive, unprofessional, unproficient,
     unprosperous, unproved, unprovided, unreplenished, unrigorous,
     unsatisfactory, unskillful, unsolid, unsound, unstable, unsturdy,
     unsubstantial, unsupplied, unsustained, valueless, vile, want,
     wasted, watered, watery, weak, weazeny, welfare rolls, wiped out,
     withered, wizened, worthless, wraithlike, wretched

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     The Mosaic legislation regarding the poor is specially
     important. (1.) They had the right of gleaning the fields (Lev.
     19:9, 10; Deut. 24:19,21).
       (2.) In the sabbatical year they were to have their share of
     the produce of the fields and the vineyards (Ex. 23:11; Lev.
       (3.) In the year of jubilee they recovered their property
     (Lev. 25:25-30).
       (4.) Usury was forbidden, and the pledged raiment was to be
     returned before the sun went down (Ex. 22:25-27; Deut.
     24:10-13). The rich were to be generous to the poor (Deut.
       (5.) In the sabbatical and jubilee years the bond-servant was
     to go free (Deut. 15:12-15; Lev. 25:39-42, 47-54).
       (6.) Certain portions from the tithes were assigned to the
     poor (Deut. 14:28, 29; 26:12, 13).
       (7.) They shared in the feasts (Deut. 16:11, 14; Neh. 8:10).
       (8.) Wages were to be paid at the close of each day (Lev.
       In the New Testament (Luke 3:11; 14:13; Acts 6:1; Gal. 2:10;
     James 2:15, 16) we have similar injunctions given with reference
     to the poor. Begging was not common under the Old Testament,
     while it was so in the New Testament times (Luke 16:20, 21,
     etc.). But begging in the case of those who are able to work is
     forbidden, and all such are enjoined to "work with their own
     hands" as a Christian duty (1 Thess. 4:11; 2 Thess. 3:7-13; Eph.
     4:28). This word is used figuratively in Matt. 5:3; Luke 6:20; 2
     Cor. 8:9; Rev. 3:17.

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