definition of poor by The Free Dictionary

The same difficulty occurs, should it ever happen that the poor compose a smaller part of the people than the rich, but from their superior abilities acquire the supreme power; for this is what they call an oligarchy; it should seem then that our definition of the different states was not correct: nay, moreover, could any one suppose that the majority of the people were poor, and the minority rich, and then describe the state in this manner, that an oligarchy was a government in which the rich, being few in number, possessed the supreme power, and that a democracy was a state in which the poor, being many in number, possessed it, still there will be another difficulty; for what name shall we give to those states we have been describing?
Patches of poor rye where com should have been, patches of poor peas and beans, patches of most coarse vegetable substitutes for wheat.
Poor people are subject to fancies–this is a provision of nature.
Ah, poor me, poor me, my poor hand shakes like to drop off!
Proof of this is that, when he saw the poor Marionette being brought in to him, struggling with fear and crying, “I don’t want to die!
Or, to place it in a clearer light, we moderns are to the antients what the poor are to the rich.
By stealth, there had been there, in the darkness of the night, poor desolated creatures, who stole from their scanty hours’ rest, that they might repay to him some of those ministrations of love in which he had always been so abundant.
He looks askance at the lady who waits in the shop, and ties up the cards again in their envelope of whitey-brown paper, and hands them to the poor widow and Miss Clapp, who had never seen such beautiful things in her life, and had been quite confident that the man must give at least two guineas for the screens.
The buyers and sellers, too, many of them, looked not much better off than the poor beasts they were bargaining about.
Poyser’s wife may turn her nose up an’ forget bygones, but this Dinah Morris, they tell me, ‘s as poor as iver she was–works at a mill, an’s much ado to keep hersen.
“My poor niece became insane,” continued the physician, after a few moment’s silence.
A stranger entering his own poor house at about ten o’clock P.M.

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