Origin of impoverished
verb (used with object)
Origin of impoverish
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|DAILY BEAST
Densely populated and impoverished, the community was struggling long before Ebola arrived.
My office is located such that I have many patients from both affluent and impoverished communities.
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|Michael Daly|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Joel Kotkin|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They reaped in love and praise the reward that their impoverished constituency could not pay them in money.A History of American Literature|Percy H. Boynton
The population was not only impoverished and reduced in numbers but broken in spirit.
During the 12th and 13th centuries the county was impoverished by the constant inroads of the Welsh.
The daughter of an impoverished prince was opportunely at hand.The Surprises of Life|Georges Clemenceau
Impoverished most of them were by the loss of their houses and cattle.Boyhood in Norway|Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
Word Origin for impoverish
early 15c., empoverischen, from Old French empoveriss-, stem of empoverir, from em- + povre "poor" (see poor). Related: Impoverished; impoverishing.