verb (used with object)
Origin of impoverish
Examples from the Web for impoverishment
In the Gaza Strip, the degree of impoverishment and human suffering is dispiriting.
It was precisely this kind of impoverishment suffered by the people which eventually reconciled them to the English rule later.Montreal 1535-1914 under the French Rgime|William Henry Atherton
The habit of mortgaging and selling estates does not necessarily mean the impoverishment of the landlords as a class.Russia|Donald Mackenzie Wallace
The impoverishment of the atmosphere is thus hastened and the epoch of cold is precipitated.
British Dictionary definitions for impoverishment
Word Origin for impoverish
Word Origin and History for impoverishment (1 of 2)
early 15c., empoverischen, from Old French empoveriss-, stem of empoverir, from em- + povre "poor" (see poor). Related: Impoverished; impoverishing.