impoverished

adjective im·pov·er·ished \ im-ˈpäv-risht , -ˈpä-və- \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of impoverished

1 :reduced to poverty :poor
  • an impoverished family/community
2 :exhausted of richness or fertility
  • impoverished soils
3 of a fauna or flora :represented by few species or individuals

Examples of impoverished in a Sentence

  1. the widespread hope that the lottery's record-setting jackpot is won by an impoverished family

  2. an impoverished field that over the years had been overgrazed

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First Known Use of impoverished

1611



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