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[paw-per] /ˈpɔ pər/
a person without any means of support, especially a destitute person who depends on aid from public welfare funds or charity.
a very poor person.
Origin of pauper
1485-95; < Latin: poor
Related forms
pauperage, pauperdom, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


a person who is extremely poor
(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

1510s, "person destitute of property or means of livelihood," from Latin pauper "poor, not wealthy, of small means" (see poor (adj.)). Originally in English a legal word, from Latin phrase in forma pauperis (late 15c.) "in the character of a poor person," thus allowed to sue in court without legal fees.

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