[paw-puh-riz-uh m]


the state or condition of utter poverty.

Origin of pauperism

First recorded in 1805–15; pauper + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.

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

    The Arena


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


    Henry Kalloch Rowe

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


    Henry Kalloch Rowe

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

    Quaker Hill

    Warren H. Wilson