Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

pauperism

[paw-puh-riz-uh m]
See more synonyms for pauperism on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. the state or condition of utter poverty.
Show More

Origin of pauperism

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

Examples from the Web for pauperism

Historical Examples

  • 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