impoverished

[im-pov-er-isht, -pov-risht]
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:
1625–35; impoverish + -ed2

unimpoverished, adjective


1. See poor.
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impoverish

[im-pov-er-ish, -pov-rish]
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

impoverisher, noun
impoverishment, noun


2. deplete, drain; weaken, enervate, fatigue, cripple.


1, 2. enrich.
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impoverish (ɪmˈpɒvərɪʃ)
 
vb
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
 
[C15: from Old French empovrir, from povrepoor]
 
im'poverisher
 
n
 
im'poverishment
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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.
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