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verb (used with object), pau·per·ized, pau·per·iz·ing.
  1. to make a pauper of: His extravagance pauperized him.
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Also especially British, pau·per·ise.

Origin of pauperize

First recorded in 1825–35; pauper + -ize
Related formspau·per·i·za·tion, nounpau·per·iz·er, noun
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Related Words for pauperize

deface, defile, wrack, beggar, overwhelm, reduce, sack, deplete, impoverish, total, rape, injure, mutilate, bankrupt, botch, bust, crush, desecrate, overthrow, maim

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Historical Examples of pauperize

  • Her soil has always been solvent and her system of farming does not tend to pauperize.

    History of Linn County Iowa

    Luther A. Brewer

  • The best way to get rid of the pauper spirit is to pauperize some one else.

    The Joys of Being a Woman

    Winifred Kirkland

  • Has Salt Lake City abolished any of the social evils that pauperize her people?


    Edwin A. Brown

  • Would it have corrupted him, since pauperize him further it could not?

    Seven English Cities

    William Dean Howells

  • The missionaries did not want to pauperize the Indians, they said, by giving gifts.

British Dictionary definitions for pauperize



  1. (tr) to make a pauper of; impoverish
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