impoverish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v impoverish take away
    • v impoverish make poor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When young and impoverished, Pablo Picasso kept warm by burning his own paintings.
    • Impoverish To exhaust the strength, richness, or fertility of; to make sterile; as, to impoverish land.
    • Impoverish To make poor; to reduce to poverty or indigence; as, misfortune and disease impoverish families.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impoverish To make poor; reduce to poverty or indigence.
    • impoverish To make poor in quality or character; reduce in vigor, capacity, productiveness, etc.; cause to deteriorate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Impoverish im-pov′ėr-ish to make poor: to exhaust the resources (as of a nation), or fertility (as of the soil)
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Quotations

  • Roland Barthes
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    “To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “He presents me with what is always an acceptable gift who brings me news of a great thought before unknown. He enriches me without impoverishing himself.”
  • Michael Harrington
    Michael Harrington
    “If there is technological advance without social advance, there is, almost automatically, an increase in human misery, in impoverishment.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. empovrir,; pref. em-,L. in,) + povre, poor, F. pauvre,; cf. OF. apovrir, F. appauvrir, where the prefix is a-, L. ad,. Cf. Empoverish, and see Poor, and -ish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From O. Fr. empovrir (Fr. appauvrir)—L. in, in, pauper, poor.

Usage

In literature:

She was one of a large family of girls and her father was an impoverished peer.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
He made more money than most musicians, yet was always impoverished.
"The Great German Composers" by George T. Ferris
When impoverished, the lands were thrown out to the commons.
"History and Comprehensive Description of Loudoun County, Virginia" by James W. Head
In 1813 he had retired saddened and impoverished to the Vauquer boarding-house on rue Nueve-Sainte-Genevieve.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
Among the most serious and threatening of these problems is that presented by the steady and progressive impoverishment of the people.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 1, May 1908" by Various
The remaining part of the lower class consisted of impoverished Chinese peasants.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
The result was, the family was utterly impoverished.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Bolivar died impoverished and exiled, one of the most sublime and tragic figures of the revolution.
"South America" by W. H. Koebel
And without her the impoverished seasons roll.
"The Vision of Sir Launfal" by James Russell Lowell
He was an impoverished cadet of one of the noblest families in Hungary.
"Round About the Carpathians" by Andrew F. Crosse
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In poetry:

'Though in neither she,
I ne'er shall know life's worst impoverishment,
An empty heart. No time, I stake my all,
To right! and chase the rose-red evenfall.
"The Australian Bell-Bird" by Jean Ingelow
I have no one to love. I have no home.
There is no center to sustain my life.
All things to which I give myself grow rich
and leave me spent, impoverished, alone.
"The Poet" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Better live rich at heart on a crust in a garret,
Than languish in mansions impoverished with strife;
There is joy in a dugout, if fancy but share it
With hope and fond memory to brighten thy life.
"The Ranchman's Song" by William Lawrence Chittenden
Nine years have slipt like hour-glass sand
From life's still-emptying globe away,
Since last, dear friend, I clasped your hand,
And stood upon the impoverished land,
Watching the steamer down the bay.
"An Invitation" by James Russell Lowell
Impoverished abbey, thin as a sprite!
Petty prince, small and filled with spite,
Truly a thoughtless brat!
Oh what a worthless pot!
'Twas God that had the losing lot
So the devil won them both at that.
"A Song" by Victor Marie Hugo
Not Helen's, nor that hung streaming the stars among;
Only paint for me the tresses of a girl;
Tresses dear and deep, tresses soft as sleep--
Not a curl
But for its loveliness would impoverish the pearl.
"The Lover And The Painter" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Impoverished Haitians read the Twitter "complaints".
Impoverished people in rural areas became artisanal miners.
PETIONVILLE, Haiti —World-class fashion has gone on display in impoverished Haiti .
These dresses are personally delivered to impoverished Haitian and Dominican Republic girls by Melanie Metzgar.
His eclectic sound and pensive lyrics have helped raise awareness about the impoverished Caribbean nation, while inspiring hope among its youth.
Young professionals of Cincinnati works are using their influence to impact impoverished people around the Tri-State with an online event titled " Labor of Love ".
Zimbabwe six years ago, the revelation raised hope that the gems could change the economic fortunes of the impoverished country.
LENS, France (AP) — It's an impoverished coal-mining town in northern France that was razed by two world wars and now faces soaring unemployment.
The narrative of Mexico as our impoverished and drug cartel–ridden neighbor dominates most news coverage in America, but that's only one part of a large and diverse country.
WASHINGTON — By 2030, for the first time in human history, a majority of the world's population will not likely be impoverished and a politically powerful global middle class could total 3 billion people, up from 1 billion today.
Real estate deals may not have impoverished the Northcoast Environmental Center, but they sure didn't help.
That's the philosophy of Padma Nepal , an organization designed to help children in Nepal who come from dysfunctional and impoverished homes.
Dan Franklin has started 'The Family Flock' to help provide nutrition to impoverished families.
Nearly One-Third of Middle Class Americans Could Retire Impoverished.
30 am with the Security 5K to benefit Mission 500, a nonprofit group that aids impoverished children.
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In science:

The main character of the story is William Legrand, who is a nobleman in impoverished circumstances.
Trigonometry of The Gold-Bug
This class of models includes a fully mixed mantle (MIX), which is obtained for h = 25 km (i.e. just below a mean crust thickness obtained averaging the vales for continental and oceanic crust) so that the strongly impoverished mantle has a negligible thickness.
Geo-neutrinos and Earth's interior
Imagine that a prize for human-powered flight were set up when the basic science of the time was far too impoverished for such an enterprise, say, in da Vinci’s era.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
The western-most lake shows a rapidly increasing salinity. As the researches are observing, the zooplankton reacts to the increase of salinity by a striking impoverishment .
The decreasing level of Toshka Lakes seen from space
There is the generic problem of impoverishment, where after a time all but a few of the particles have almost zero weight, so that evolving those particles is a waste of effort.
The potential approach in practice
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