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poorhouse

[poo r-hous] /ˈpʊərˌhaʊs/
noun, plural poorhouses
[poo r-hou-ziz] /ˈpʊərˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
(formerly) an institution in which paupers were maintained at public expense.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; poor + house
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poorhouse

/ˈpʊəˌhaʊs; ˈpɔː-/
noun
1.
(formerly) a publicly maintained institution offering accommodation to the poor
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Word Origin and History for poor house

poorhouse

n.

1781, from poor (n.) + house (n.).

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almshouse

in the United States, a locally administered public institution for homeless, aged persons without means. Such institutions radically declined in number in the second half of the 20th century, replaced by other means of subsistence and care.

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