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impoverished

[im-pov-er-isht, -pov-risht] /ɪmˈpɒv ər ɪʃt, -ˈpɒv rɪʃt/
adjective
1.
reduced to poverty.
2.
(of a country, area, etc.) having few trees, flowers, birds, wild animals, etc.
3.
deprived of strength, vitality, creativeness, etc.:
an impoverished attempt at humor.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; impoverish + -ed2
Related forms
unimpoverished, adjective
Synonyms
1. See poor.

impoverish

[im-pov-er-ish, -pov-rish] /ɪmˈpɒv ər ɪʃ, -ˈpɒv rɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to reduce to poverty:
a country impoverished by war.
2.
to make poor in quality, productiveness, etc.; exhaust the strength or richness of:
Bad farming practices impoverished the soil.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English empoverishen < Middle French empovriss- (long stem of empovrir), equivalent to em- em-1 + povre poor + -iss -ish2
Related forms
impoverisher, noun
impoverishment, noun
Synonyms
2. deplete, drain; weaken, enervate, fatigue, cripple.
Antonyms
1, 2. enrich.
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Examples for impoverished
  • Even among impoverished populations, the ones that are miserable tend to be those with a few ultra-rich people among lots of poor.
  • And the remaining vegetation would regress to a far simpler, impoverished condition.
  • What troubles me is how much our cultural conversation is being impoverished by a reluctance to face up to reality.
  • The overcrowded, polluted, impoverished world from before was a joy compared with the daily nightmare you now endure.
  • As some have pointed out in this thread, government corruption runs rampant in many impoverished nations.
  • Children in impoverished countries will die in the time it takes to write this post here.
  • One cannot expect those raised in impoverished conditions to give a whit on the finer aspects of the working of nature.
  • It's difficult to talk to someone with such an impoverished, boring, and primitive mindset.
  • Briefly they triumphed, raising hopes among the impoverished local peasantry and gathering a group of supporters.
  • He leaves behind a country that is rich in cash and resources, but socially fragmented and intellectually impoverished.
British Dictionary definitions for impoverished

impoverish

/ɪmˈpɒvərɪʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make poor or diminish the quality of to impoverish society by cutting the grant to the arts
2.
to deprive (soil, etc) of fertility
Derived Forms
impoverisher, noun
impoverishment, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French empovrir, from povrepoor
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Word Origin and History for impoverished

impoverish

v.

early 15c., empoverischen, from Old French empoveriss-, stem of empoverir, from em- + povre "poor" (see poor). Related: Impoverished; impoverishing.

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