• WordNet 3.6
    • n pauper a person who is very poor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pauper A very poor person; one without any means of support, especially one dependent on private or public charity. Also used adjectively; as, pauper immigrants, pauper labor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pauper A very poor person; a person entirely destitute of property or means of support; particularly, one who, on account of poverty, becomes chargeable to the public; also, in law, a person who, on account of poverty, is admitted to sue or defend in forma pauperis. See in forma pauperis.
    • pauper Of or pertaining to paupers: as, pauper labor.
    • pauper Same as pauperize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pauper paw′pėr a very poor or destitute person: one supported by charity or by some public provision
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  • Sidney Madwed
    Sidney Madwed
    “Thinking and Thought: Thoughts are funny little things, They can make paupers or make kings.”
  • Jean Cocteau
    “Wealth is an inborn attitude of mind, like poverty. The pauper who has made his pile may flaunt his spoils, but cannot wear them plausibly.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. See Poor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

My paw and my maw died when I was jest only a baby; so I was brung up out here at the old county porehouse ez a pauper.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Boys wore them, servants wore them, Quakers wore them, paupers wore them.
"History of the United States, Vol. I (of VI)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
A hitch occurred at starting, owing to the uneven distribution of the "paupers" in the two boats.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
Why, he's almost a pauper.
"Five Hundred Dollars" by Horatio Alger
We'll call him pauper if he stops here.
"Brownsmith's Boy" by George Manville Fenn
How smug he must have felt at the news that henceforth he possessed his "own" Royal Prussian pauperism.
"Selected Essays" by Karl Marx
More than three hundred members of the family were chronic paupers.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
There is a radical difference between pauperism and poverty.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
His heart was touched with kindest sympathy for the uncared-for Colored paupers in Cincinnati.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
I have known cases where the pauper was not only supported but cherished in the families to whose lot she fell.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle

In poetry:

Kind Heaven! forbid that ever I
Should sink in golden torpor!
If, living, I may sing, I'll die
Contentedly a pauper.
"A Tusculan Question" by Alfred Austin
The king shall be a beggarman—
The pauper be a king—
In that revenge or recompense
The dream-ship dreams do bring.
"The Dream-Ship" by Eugene Field
Rest comes at last to the weary,
And freedom to the slave;
Her tired and worn-out body
Sleeps well in its pauper grave.
"The Martyr" by Victor James Daley
So, here he lies beneath the soil,
Where wild weeds grow,
The poor, the pauper, freed from toil,
In rough-hewn boxes low.
"The Pauper’s Grave" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
While the great, with power unstable,
Crushed the pauper's heart of pain,
As though the rich were heirs of Abel
And the poor the sons of Cain.
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones
And day by day—newspapers say—
The Royal bounties pour:
Our gracious Queen so giveth a zest
To pauper meals, and thankful breast
To—thirty slaves or more.
"The Royal Bounty" by Ernest Jones

In news:

A Winning Pauper in the Sport of Kings.
The Prince and the Pauper (#152).
Delmonico's Steakhouse Happy Hour lets you eat and drink like a king on a pauper 's pay.
Emmy Princess or Pauper .
Hospital expansion uncovers pauper 's graveyard home to more than 1,000 coffins.
Conditions at Augusta, Bush Field, GA. A group gathered in Aiken on Friday morning to remember six men and women during a pauper service at the Calvary Cemetery.
'Switched' is not your mother's 'Prince & the Pauper '.
Will the Prince Turn Pauper .
The Seemingly Humble Pauper .
Pauper graves at Porterdale Cemetery in need of care.
The Prince and the Pauper, 802 457-1818.
"We have no paupers," Thomas Jefferson boasted in an 1814 letter.
The unclaimed bodies of the wife and children of David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidian sect, were among the 28 sect members buried here on Saturday in unmarked paupers' graves.
The pill and the pauper.
Cremation eyed as Chattanooga's paupers cemetery fills.