impoverished


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im·pov·er·ished

 (ĭm-pŏv′ə-rĭsht, -pŏv′rĭsht)
adj.
1. Reduced to poverty; poverty-stricken: pledged aid to the impoverished, war-torn country.
2. Deprived of richness or strength; limited or depleted: an impoverished vocabulary.

impoverished

(ɪmˈpɒvərɪʃt)
adj
made poor or with diminished quality of life(of soil) deprived of fertility

im•pov•er•ished

(ɪmˈpɒv ər ɪʃt, -ˈpɒv rɪʃt)

adj.
1. reduced to poverty.
2. deprived of strength or vitality.
3. (of a country or region) having few trees, flowers, wild animals, etc.
[1625–35]
syn: See poor.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.impoverished - poor enough to need help from others
poor - having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"
2.impoverished - destroyed financially; "the broken fortunes of the family"
destroyed - spoiled or ruined or demolished; "war left many cities destroyed"; "Alzheimer's is responsible for her destroyed mind"

impoverished

adjective
1. poor, needy, destitute, ruined, distressed, bankrupt, poverty-stricken, indigent, impecunious, straitened, penurious, necessitous, in reduced or straitened circumstances The goal is to lure businesses into impoverished areas.
poor rich, wealthy, affluent, well-off
2. depleted, spent, reduced, empty, drained, exhausted, played out, worn out, denuded Against the impoverished defence, he poached an early goal.

impoverished

adjective
2. Economically and socially below standard:
Translations

impoverished

[ɪmˈpɒvərɪʃt] ADJ [person] → empobrecido; [land] → agotado, pobre

impoverished

[ɪmˈpɒvərɪʃt] adj [area, country] → pauvre

impoverished

adjarm; person, conditions alsoärmlich; (= having become poor)verarmt; soilausgelaugt, erschöpft; supplieserschöpft; (fig)dürftig

impoverished

[ɪmˈpɒvərɪʃt] adjimpoverito/a
References in classic literature ?
There came cruel, cold, and biting winds, and blizzards of snow, all testing relentlessly for failing muscles and impoverished blood.
To leave the money to their brother George is to give your cousin exactly the assistance which he will want when he one day inherits his uncle's dilapidated house and his uncle's impoverished estate.
Miss Pross's friendship being of the thoroughly practical kind, she had ravaged Soho and the adjacent provinces, in search of impoverished French, who, tempted by shillings and half- crowns, would impart culinary mysteries to her.
If it were only for the sake of those quaint old women for whom life would be entirely robbed of interest were it not for other people's weddings and funerals, one feels the public ceremony of marriage a sort of public duty, the happiness tax, so to say, due to the somewhat impoverished revenues of public happiness.
I am an impoverished wretch the very gaberdine I wear is borrowed from Reuben of Tadcaster.
He received dinners a-plenty, but no contracts; and came back to the United States an impoverished and disheartened man.
Above the door was a ventilator, through which volumes of fresh air renewed the impoverished atmosphere of the cell.
King of France, who was formidable still in spite of his recent reverses; and it was necessary, therefore, to have recourse to some profitable scheme, which was a matter of great difficulty in the impoverished condition of exhausted Italy.
Contributing to maintain an army at a distance causes the people to be impoverished.
Crushed and impoverished by taxation -- imposed by Mazarin, whose avarice impelled him to grind them down to the very dust -- the people, as the Advocate-General Talon described it, had nothing left to them except their souls; and as those could not be sold by auction, they began to murmur.
But the apartment was saddened in its aspect by the absence of much of the homely wealth which had once adorned it; for the exaction of repeated fines, and his own neglect of temporal affairs, had greatly impoverished the owner.
It is to be noted that Jesus never says that impoverished people are necessarily good, or wealthy people necessarily bad.