A povert [PAHvurt] is someone who has not had much economic success, and who then justifies this failure in his own mind by denying that economic success is either desirable or legitimate. A povert praises poverty as a way of life.
In almost all cases, a povert is middle class, meaning a middle-class American, meaning wealthy beyond most men's dreams, today or in the past. He is a rich person by the world's standards, but unsuccessful in his desire to keep up with the Joneses. So, he dismisses the Joneses as misguided.
Poverts tend to be envious. They resent the success of others. They delight in seeing successful people fail, or even better, lose what they possess. Even if they are made worse off by the failure of the successful, they rejoice.