wealthy vs poor

wealthy

Definitions

adjective

  1. having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value

Examples

On paper, we're a one-person-one-vote nation; in reality, we're more than a bit of an oligarchy, in which a handful of wealthy people dominate.

With the usual prerogative of the wealthy classes, he tended to choose doctors with a reputation for having studied some topics in greater detail than usual.

Very wealthy people don't like to be questioned about whether they can support a cheque.

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poor

Definitions

adjective

  1. characterized by or indicating poverty
  2. having little money or few possessions
  3. of insufficient quantity to meet a need
  4. deserving or inciting pity
  5. lacking in quality or substances

noun

  1. people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)

Examples

The poor bugger has nowhere else to sleep.

Dance the coxswain was the first affected in that way, but after a few moments Mark felt that the poor fellow had been suffering in

My poor Lirriper was a handsome figure of a man, with a beaming eye and a voice as mellow as a musical instrument made of honey and steel, but he had ever been a free liver being in the commercial travelling line and travelling what he called a limekiln road — “a dry road, Emma my dear,” my poor Lirriper says to me, “where I have to lay the dust with one drink or another all day long and half the night, and it wears me Emma” — and this led to his running through a good deal and might have run through the turnpike too when that dreadful horse that never would stand still for a single instant set off, but for its being night and the gate shut and consequently took his wheel, my poor Lirriper and the gig smashed to atoms and never spoke afterwards.

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