pauper

[paw-per]
noun
1.
a person without any means of support, especially a destitute person who depends on aid from public welfare funds or charity.
2.
a very poor person.

Origin:
1485–95; < Latin: poor

pauperage, pauperdom, noun
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pauper (ˈpɔːpə)
 
n
1.  a person who is extremely poor
2.  (formerly) a destitute person supported by public charity
 
[C16: from Latin: poor]
 
'pauperism
 
n

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pauper
1516, "person destitute of property or means of livelihood," from L. pauper "poor," from pre-L. *pavo-pars "getting little," from pau-, root of paucus "little" + parere "get, produce" (see pare). Originally in Eng. a legal word, from L. phrase in forma pauperis (1495) "in the
character of a poor person."
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Example sentences
To be paid like a pauper would be bad enough but to be treated like dirt at the
  same time would push almost anyone over the edge.
Eat healthy and eat like a pauper and you will maintain good health.
He's only a pauper whom nobody owns.
Edwards died a pauper.
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