im·​mis·​er·​a·​tion (ˌ)i(m)-ˌmi-zə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce immiseration (audio)
: the act of making miserable
especially : impoverishment
the immiseration of the working class C. R. Morris
immiserate 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 Robeson’s pursuit of racial equality, for everybody, won him persecution and immiseration and derailed his career. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 25 Apr. 2023 But then there’s a whole mess of affordability and displacement and financial immiseration that can really only be solved by tackling the problem of housing. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2023 Such proximity to immiseration likely contributes to the sense of desperation on display at these gatherings. Adam Fleming Petty, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2023 El Moussa and Haack are flippers in Southern California who are alternately presented as hapless and cunning in their efforts to turn a quick profit while navigating the same landscape of immiseration. Curbed, 18 Mar. 2022 Raging inequality, terrible health outcomes, the immiseration of so many small towns and cities in this country where opportunity has completely dried up. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 8 Aug. 2022 The act of organizing seems to rest on hope for changing the world, but your books paint a grim picture: ecological collapse, political corruption, white supremacy, the continuing immiseration of the global poor. Sam Deanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 First, improving living conditions for the millions of poor Brazilians who have faced hunger and immiseration as the country’s economic fortunes dwindled in recent years. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, 7 July 2022 The novel depicts a brash golden boy anointed in his youth by elders of a community primed by centuries of suffering and immiseration to place their hopes in a revolutionary new system. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022

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Word History


in- entry 2 + miserable + -ation

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of immiseration was in 1942

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“Immiseration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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