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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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British Dictionary definitions for paupers

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 paupers

pauper

n.

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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