im·​pov·​er·​ished im-ˈpä-v(ə-)risht How to pronounce impoverished (audio)
: reduced to poverty : poor
an impoverished family/community
: exhausted of richness or fertility
impoverished soils
of a fauna or flora : represented by few species or individuals

Examples of impoverished in a Sentence

the widespread hope that the lottery's record-setting jackpot is won by an impoverished family an impoverished field that over the years had been overgrazed
Recent Examples on the Web Typically located in low-income and rural communities and communities of color, dollar stores rely on impoverished customers making less than $35,000 a year and counting on government assistance. Bysasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2024 Advertisement Although California consumers could be interested in Mexican vanilla, the product is too expensive compared with the spice that comes from impoverished Madagascar, where farmers earn less than $2 a day, Lochhead said. Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 In the years after the mosque’s violent demolition, Hindu nationalism became a dominating force in Indian politics, and Ayodhya—a nondescript, impoverished town for much of its modern existence—emerged as the crucible for a contested country. Vaibhav Vats, The Atlantic, 3 Feb. 2024 So too are impoverished tribesmen in a barren Arabian Peninsula country using drones to shut down the most economically vital waterway in the world. Ed Lotterman, Idaho Statesman, 24 Jan. 2024 Wonka is determined to improve his lot in life with the power of his chocolate—reminiscent of his great promise years later to Charlie, an impoverished boy whom Wonka chooses as the heir to his factory. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appétit, 15 Dec. 2023 Russia was just another impoverished country (with nukes). Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 31 Jan. 2024 Those guns, often powerful enough to pierce walls and police vehicles, were used to grab more hostages and take control of more territory inside the impoverished country. Shirsho Dasgupta, Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 The High Court upheld those arguments on Friday, throwing into doubt the latest international effort to rescue an impoverished country that is spiraling ever deeper into violence and instability. Frances Robles, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of impoverished was in 1611

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“Impoverished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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