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An establishment maintained at public expense as housing for the homeless.
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(Historical Terms) (formerly) a publicly maintained institution offering accommodation to the poor
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n., pl. -hous•es (-ˌhaʊ zɪz)
(formerly) an institution for paupers maintained at public expense.
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|Noun||1.||poorhouse - an establishment maintained at public expense in order to provide housing for the poor and homeless|
establishment - a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
workhouse - a poorhouse where able-bodied poor are compelled to labor
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