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pauperism

[paw-puh-riz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the state or condition of utter poverty.
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Origin of pauperism

First recorded in 1805–15; pauper + -ism
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for pauperism

bankruptcy, debt, hardship, lack, famine, difficulty, scarcity, shortage, starvation, deficit, loss, liquidation, disaster, insolvency, default, failure, privation, depletion, distress, dearth

Examples from the Web for pauperism

Historical Examples of pauperism

  • There is no such thing as a descent to pauperism for those who will work.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)

    William Delisle Hay

  • The weighty fact is this, that pauperism and crime have gained upon us.

    The Arena

    Various

  • The problem is one, and its solution must involve both poverty and pauperism.

    Society

    Henry Kalloch Rowe

  • Pauperism is a social pest, and it must be rooted out like any other pest.

    Society

    Henry Kalloch Rowe

  • Quaker Hill taught and practiced the prevention of pauperism—and the prevention of genius!

    Quaker Hill

    Warren H. Wilson