[ paw-puh-riz-uhm ]
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  1. the state or condition of utter poverty.

Origin of pauperism

First recorded in 1805–15; pauper + -ism

Words Nearby pauperism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pauperism in a sentence

  • How small are the masses of pauperism which we bring together, compared with the congestion of one vast House.

  • A substantial proportion of the excessive pauperism in the Redruth Union is thus accounted for.

  • It is, perhaps, most clearly seen in such physical diseases as phthisis, to which one-seventh of all the pauperism is due.

  • He was poor to the degree of pauperism, he had an incurable disease and he was almost absolutely in the power of tyrants.

    Girls and Women | Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
  • He becomes a pauper, and pauperism develops more rapidly than population and wealth.

    Communism and Christianism | William Montgomery Brown