impoverish VERB 1) make poor. 2) exhaust the strength or natural fertility of.
DERIVATIVES impoverishment noun.
ORIGIN Old French empoverir, from povre 'poor' .

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  • Impoverishment — Im*pov er*ish*ment, n. [Cf. OF. empoverissement, and F. appauvrissement.] The act of impoverishing, or the state of being impoverished; reduction to poverty. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impoverishment — index dearth, indigence, poverty Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • impoverishment — (n.) 1550s; see IMPOVERISH (Cf. impoverish) + MENT (Cf. ment) …   Etymology dictionary

  • impoverishment — [[t]ɪmpɒ̱vərɪʃmənt[/t]] N UNCOUNT Impoverishment is the state or process of being impoverished. ...a meeting of experts on how the impoverishment of Africa can be reversed... National isolation can only cause economic and cultural impoverishment …   English dictionary

  • impoverishment — noun see impoverish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • impoverishment — See impoverish. * * * …   Universalium

  • impoverishment — noun a) The action of impoverishing someone. b) The state of being impoverished …   Wiktionary

  • impoverishment — Смотри Разубоживание …   Энциклопедический словарь по металлургии

  • impoverishment — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. The condition of being extremely poor: beggary, destitution, impecuniosity, impecuniousness, indigence, need, neediness, pennilessness, penuriousness, penury, poverty, privation, want. See RICH. 2. The depletion or… …   English dictionary for students

  • impoverishment — im pov·er·ish·ment || ɪm pÉ‘vrɪʃmÉ™nt / pÉ’ n. act of making poor, pauperization …   English contemporary dictionary

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