im·mis·er·a·tion | \(ˌ)i(m)-ˌmi-zə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of immiseration 

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

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immiserate \(ˌ)i(m)-ˈmi-zə-ˌrāt \ 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

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There’s another way in which the immiseration of flyers brings joy to airport retailers. Daniel Gross, Slate Magazine, "Your Misery at the Airport Is Great for Business," 7 Sep. 2017 Over the past century, international Communism was responsible for almost inconceivable atrocities, including the murder of hundreds of millions of people and the immiseration of more. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Anti-Radical Muslims Need to Organize and Draw Lines," 20 July 2017 There was money-drunk decadence at the top, raw immiseration at the bottom, and little else: no middle ground—or middle class, for that matter—no mixed bags, no flawed and compromised agency. Peter C. Baker, The New Yorker, "The Stories About Abu Dhabi That Are Rarely Told," 12 Apr. 2017

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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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The first known use of immiseration was in 1942

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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