impoverishment impoverishment  /ɪm ˈpɑv rɪʃ mənt/


  1. (n) the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
  2. (n) the act of making someone poor


  1. A Pencil In the Hand Of God Mother Teresa sees poverty as a kind of richness -- and richness as impoverishment -- as she cares for the dying and unwanted of Calcutta.
  2. The result could be a virtual genocide of much of the animal world and an irreversible impoverishment of our planet.
  3. The long impoverishment of the Indian population blighted the whole nation's economic prospects.


  • Impoverished in city, suburbs share more than desperation in common

    The poor, the Bible says, will always be with us.But the rise of impoverishment in the suburbs is different, in a lot of ways, from the poverty long concentrated in urban areas.Research from The Brookings Institution indicates that in the suburbs:* 44 percent of the poor are white, compared to 24 pe...
    on July 1, 2013     Source: Lancaster Online


  1. "When you started mediating, Zimbabwe still had a functioning economy, millions of our citizens had not fled to other countries to escape political and economic crisis, and tens of thousands had not yet died from impoverishment and disease. In fact,...
    on Jun 1, 2008 By: Morgan Tsvangirai Source:

  2. "We have seen the manipulation, the impoverishment of Africa ...... That is testament to the effects of slavery," South African jazz icon Hugh Masekela told a news conference. "There is no price, no price for what has been done."
    on Mar 25, 2007 By: Hugh Masekela Source: Reuters Canada

  3. In an eloquent New York Times op-ed Ford wrote that eliminating affirmative action at his alma mater would condemn "future college students to suffer the cultural and social impoverishment that afflicted my generation."
    on Jan 4, 2007 By: Gerald Ford Source: (blog)

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