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pauper

[paw-per] /ˈpɔ pər/
noun
1.
a person without any means of support, especially a destitute person who depends on aid from public welfare funds or charity.
2.
a very poor person.
Origin of pauper
1485-1495
1485-95; < Latin: poor
Related forms
pauperage, pauperdom, noun
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  • Even in his native town, he seldom had other than pauper cases to defend.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Yes, he said; nearly everybody is a pauper who is not a ruler.

    The Republic Plato
  • Now, it's my idea that, long's he's bound to be a pauper, he might's well be treated as a pauper.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I should deserve to be the pauper that I am if such had been my habits.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • We have witnessed also the development of the pauper and criminal classes.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • I can only say, that, pauper as I am, I would not exchange places with the one who has done this deed.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • And indeed I don't know whether he had not been a pauper all his life.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • It was only the beginning of The Prince and the pauper productions.

British Dictionary definitions for pauper

pauper

/ˈpɔːpə/
noun
1.
a person who is extremely poor
2.
(formerly) a destitute person supported by public charity
Derived Forms
pauperism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: poor
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Word Origin and History for pauper
n.

1510s, "person destitute of property or means of livelihood," from Latin pauper "poor, not wealthy, of small means" (see poor (adj.)). Originally in English a legal word, from Latin phrase in forma pauperis (late 15c.) "in the character of a poor person," thus allowed to sue in court without legal fees.

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