Poverty vs Misery - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between poverty and misery

is that poverty is the quality or state of being poor or indigent; want or scarcity of means of subsistence; indigence; need while misery is great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe.

poverty

English

Noun

(en-noun)
  • The quality or state of being poor or indigent; want or scarcity of means of subsistence; indigence; need.
  • * {{quote-magazine, title=Towards the end of poverty
  • , date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=11, magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=America’s poverty' line is $63 a day for a family of four. In the richer parts of the emerging world $4 a day is the '''poverty''' barrier. But '''poverty'''’s scourge is fiercest below $1.25 (the average of the 15 poorest countries’ own ' poverty lines, measured in 2005 dollars and adjusted for differences in purchasing power): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short.}}
  • Any deficiency of elements or resources that are needed or desired, or that constitute richness; as, poverty of soil; poverty of the blood; poverty of ideas.
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    misery

    English

    Noun

    (miseries)
  • Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe.
  • Ever since his wife left him you can see the misery on his face .
  • Cause of misery; calamity; misfortune.
  • (Extreme) poverty.
  • Greed; avarice.
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    Derived terms

    * put out of one's misery