impoverished

[ im-pov-er-isht, -pov-risht ]
/ ɪmˈpɒv ər ɪʃt, -ˈpɒv rɪʃt /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. impotence,
  2. impotent,
  3. impound,
  4. impoundment,
  5. impoverish,
  6. impoverishment,
  7. impower,
  8. impracticable,
  9. impractical,
  10. imprecate

Origin of impoverished

First recorded in 1625–35; impoverish + -ed2

Related formsun·im·pov·er·ished, adjective

impoverish

[ im-pov-er-ish, -pov-rish ]
/ ɪmˈpɒv ər ɪʃ, -ˈpɒv rɪʃ /

verb (used with object)

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

1400–50; late Middle English empoverishen < Middle French empovriss- (long stem of empovrir), equivalent to em- em-1 + povre poor + -iss -ish2

Related formsim·pov·er·ish·er, nounim·pov·er·ish·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for impoverished

impoverish

/ (ɪmˈpɒvərɪʃ) /

verb (tr)

to make poor or diminish the quality ofto impoverish society by cutting the grant to the arts
to deprive (soil, etc) of fertility
Derived Formsimpoverisher, nounimpoverishment, noun

Word Origin for impoverish

C15: from Old French empovrir, from povre poor

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Word Origin and History for impoverished

impoverish

v.

early 15c., empoverischen, from Old French empoveriss-, stem of empoverir, from em- + povre "poor" (see poor). Related: Impoverished; impoverishing.

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