the state or condition of utter poverty.

1805–15; pauper + -ism Unabridged
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pauper (ˈpɔːpə)
1.  a person who is extremely poor
2.  (formerly) a destitute person supported by public charity
[C16: from Latin: poor]

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Example sentences
Anything that encourages pauperism, anything that relaxes the manly fiber and
  lowers self-respect, is an unmixed evil.
The true line to be drawn between pauperism and honest poverty is the
Yet, it was his grim fate to die upon the verge of pauperism.
In time they acquire the habit of work, and the root of pauperism is struck at.
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