im·​mis·​er·​a·​tion | \ (ˌ)i(m)-ˌmi-zə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce immiseration (audio) \

Definition of immiseration

: the act of making miserable especially : impoverishment the immiseration of the working class — C. R. Morris

Other Words from immiseration

immiserate \ (ˌ)i(m)-​ˈmi-​zə-​ˌrāt How to pronounce immiseration (audio) \ transitive verb immiserated; immiserating; immiserates
What Keynes would have found most disheartening, perhaps, is how economic theory has been used to immiserate the lives of the bottom half of the population. — Charles R. Morris

Examples of immiseration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group’s reports tend to punctuate the otherwise slow immiseration of climate change; its previous synthesis report, released in 2013, helped inform international climate policy, including the writing of the Paris Agreement. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 9 Aug. 2021 The result is evident in the immiseration of the poor by socialist regimes abroad. Tomas J. Philipson, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2021 This is the immiseration of women by law and ideology and families, living in a culture that seems to not only demand but prefer this most intimate violence. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 19 Apr. 2021 Even as the nation has been plunged into immiseration, the titans of the health insurance industry have been absolutely rolling in it this year, in the style of Scrooge McDuck backstroking around his infinity pool on an ocean of coin. Libby Watson, The New Republic, 9 Oct. 2020 At a time when millions of Americans face profound immiseration, and with Congress unwilling to deliver relief, the ruling class hardly needs any more glad-handing. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2020 Director Gavin O’Connor and screenwriter Brad Ingelsby choose to emphasize mundane, faithless immiseration. Armond White, National Review, 6 Mar. 2020 Of course, that sort of economic immiseration eventually becomes politically intolerable. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, 28 Jan. 2020 Mr Mugabe never saw tragedy in his country’s chaos and immiseration, only meddling by outsiders or vicious threats by rivals. The Economist, 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of immiseration

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for immiseration

in- entry 2 + miserable + -ation

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“Immiseration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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