1. the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
Syn: ↑poverty, ↑poorness
Ant: ↑wealth (for: ↑poverty)
Derivationally related forms: ↑poor (for: ↑poorness)
Hypernyms: ↑financial condition
2. the act of making someone poor
Derivationally related forms: ↑impoverish, ↑pauperise (for: ↑pauperisation), ↑pauperize (for: ↑pauperization)
Hypernyms: ↑privation, ↑deprivation

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  • impoverishment — impoverish ► VERB 1) make poor. 2) exhaust the strength or natural fertility of. DERIVATIVES impoverishment noun. ORIGIN Old French empoverir, from povre poor …   English terms dictionary

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  • impoverishment — noun a) The action of impoverishing someone. b) The state of being impoverished …   Wiktionary

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  • impoverishment — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. The condition of being extremely poor: beggary, destitution, impecuniosity, impecuniousness, indigence, need, neediness, pennilessness, penuriousness, penury, poverty, privation, want. See RICH. 2. The depletion or… …   English dictionary for students

  • impoverishment — im pov·er·ish·ment || ɪm pÉ‘vrɪʃmÉ™nt / pÉ’ n. act of making poor, pauperization …   English contemporary dictionary

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