• WordNet 3.6
    • n impoverishment the act of making someone poor
    • n impoverishment the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When young and impoverished, Pablo Picasso kept warm by burning his own paintings.
    • n Impoverishment The act of impoverishing, or the state of being impoverished; reduction to poverty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impoverishment The act of impoverishing, or the state of being impoverished; a reducing to indigence; reduction of vigor, capacity, fertility, etc.; deterioration.
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  • Roland Barthes
    “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
    “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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. empoverissement, and F. appauvrissement,


In literature:

The provinces were impoverished, and Kief was fast sinking to decay.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
Owing to the inexorable restriction of their natural resources, contact with European commerce has impoverished the Hyperborean natives.
"Influences of Geographic Environment" by Ellen Churchill Semple
The South had been terribly impoverished and saddled with new social burdens.
"The Negro" by W.E.B. Du Bois
It would impoverish us in no small degree and cripple us in our advancement.
"The American Missionary - Vol. 44, No. 3, March, 1890" by Various
The Empress had evidently been dethroned for some years, and the hospitality she afforded her guests was of an impoverished sort.
"New Faces" by Myra Kelly
And preceptors impoverished will be disregarded by men.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
There is no shame belonging to poverty, which frequently arises from the virtues of the impoverished parties.
"Advice to Young Men" by William Cobbett
Having been a patriot and a money-lender, the war had impoverished him.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
No state, since the foundation of society, has been impoverished by that species of profusion.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
You could leave him in his helpless, impoverished, orphaned infancy to perish!
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

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 students need breakfast, too.
Under the deal that brought Major League Soccer to Chester, the Philadelphia Union agreed to pay the impoverished city $500,000 a year in lieu of property taxes.
Medicaid Won't Cover Severely Impoverished .
The Jesus of an impoverished theology.
Brownback tax plan would hit impoverished Kansans the hardest.
Jeff Foxworthy, Country Duo The Roys Feel 'Blessed' to Help Impoverished Children.
In impoverished Delta, echoes of 1927 disaster.
An OCU law student turned her experience in Ghana into a nonprofit that helps an impoverished village.
Camden, an impoverished city, struggles to survive budget cuts.
America's 10 Most Impoverished Cities.
Impoverished Haiti Slips Further as Remittances Dry Up.
For Impoverished Girls, School Is Just a Dream.
Hurricane Season Repeatedly Pounds Impoverished Nation of Haiti.
He is trying to get support of the rail system by saying it is going to serve the poor and impoverished .
As a way to highlight the plight of starving children in America, ' Sesame Street' has introduced Lily, an impoverished (and extremely adorable) muppet whose family struggles just to put food on the table.

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