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

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immiserate \ (ˌ)i(m)-​ˈmi-​zə-​ˌrāt How to pronounce immiserate (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 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, "The Pandemic Has Been Great for the Health Insurance Industry," 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, "The Pandemic Is a Perfect Time to Soak the Rich," 11 Aug. 2020 Director Gavin O’Connor and screenwriter Brad Ingelsby choose to emphasize mundane, faithless immiseration. Armond White, National Review, "The Way Back Gets Lost in Nihilism," 6 Mar. 2020 Of course, that sort of economic immiseration eventually becomes politically intolerable. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "How Europe's deficit obsession turned bankers into stimulus fans," 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, "Robert Mugabe's descent from nationalist hero to tyrant," 6 Sep. 2019 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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17 Oct 2020

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“Immiseration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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