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pauper

[paw-per] /ˈpɔ pər/
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
1485-1495
1485-95; < Latin: poor
Related forms
pauperage, pauperdom, noun
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Examples for pauper
  • 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.
  • She was scarred like a fighter and worn like a pauper.
  • Thanks and it was good for my ego but I wouldn't pauper my family for my career.
  • Though very rich, he lived like a pauper.
  • He was buried in a pauper's grave.
  • The pauper who has made his pile may flaunt his spoils, but cannot wear them plausibly.
  • There is not a pauper in that nation, and the nation does not owe a dollar.
British Dictionary definitions for pauper

pauper

/ˈpɔːpə/
noun
1.
a person who is extremely poor
2.
(formerly) a destitute person supported by public charity
Derived Forms
pauperism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: poor
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Word Origin and History for pauper
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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