- reduced to poverty.
- (of a country, area, etc.) having few trees, flowers, birds, wild animals, etc.
- deprived of strength, vitality, creativeness, etc.: an impoverished attempt at humor.
Origin of impoverished
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- to reduce to poverty: a country impoverished by war.
- to make poor in quality, productiveness, etc.; exhaust the strength or richness of: Bad farming practices impoverished the soil.
Origin of impoverish
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Examples from the Web for impoverished
Locking up the primary breadwinner can push a family from working-class to impoverished.Why Isn’t Prison Justice on the Ballot This Tuesday?
Inimai Chettiar, Abigail Finkelman
November 1, 2014
Densely populated and impoverished, the community was struggling long before Ebola arrived.Meet the Liberian Girls Beating Ebola
October 29, 2014
My office is located such that I have many patients from both affluent and impoverished communities.The Doctor’s Note Must Die!
September 16, 2014
Impoverished defendants were frequently ordered to pay fines that were triple their monthly income.Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor: Three Warrants a Year Per Household
August 22, 2014
Montgomery points to impoverished Bogota, for example, as “a happy city” that shows the way to urban development.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class
August 10, 2014
The farmers were impoverished, and the poorer people made beggars.The Scapegoat
The king was so impoverished that he had not money sufficient to pay the debt.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
What you say about the children shows how impoverished is the blood.The Man Who Wins
It was not he who enticed them; it was not he who impoverished them.Peak and Prairie
A people is impoverished by importations and enriched by exportations.Sophisms of the Protectionists
- to make poor or diminish the quality ofto impoverish society by cutting the grant to the arts
- to deprive (soil, etc) of fertility
Word Origin and History for impoverished
early 15c., empoverischen, from Old French empoveriss-, stem of empoverir, from em- + povre "poor" (see poor). Related: Impoverished; impoverishing.