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pauper

[ paw-per ]

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.


pauper

/ ˈpɔːpə /

noun

  1. a person who is extremely poor
  2. (formerly) a destitute person supported by public charity


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Derived Forms

  • ˈpauperˌism, noun
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Other Words From

  • pauper·age pauper·dom noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of pauper1

1485–95; < Latin: poor
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Word History and Origins

Origin of pauper1

C16: from Latin: poor
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Example Sentences

He returned home a pauper without a pension and 50 years later, at 70, chronicled the travails of the War of Independence.

So, the prince in the old saying “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” might need to retire.

So congress has excluded not only diseased, criminal, pauper and anarchist immigrants, but also contract and Chinese laborers.

This woman had three sisters, four brothers, and three uncles, who would have shared with her the pauper's bequest.

Mr. Royall was too close a man to give a dollar a day to a smart girl when he could get a deaf pauper for nothing.

Let us take the policy laid down with regard to each phase of the indoor pauper's life.

There was, of course, to be no alcoholic drink for any class of pauper except by written medical order.

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