impoverished

adjective
im·​pov·​er·​ished | \ im-ˈpäv-risht How to pronounce impoverished (audio) , -ˈpä-və- \

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

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 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people check on their neighbors regularly, particularly older, sick, or disabled people, as well as people who live alone or who are impoverished. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 19 July 2022 Compared with individuals whose highest degree is a high school diploma, those with a college degree are 3.5 times less likely to be impoverished and almost five times less likely to be imprisoned. M. Peter Mcpherson, Forbes, 21 June 2022 The impoverished country in recent weeks has stopped receiving fuel shipments, which has forced school closures and limited petrol and diesel for services deemed essential. Landon Mion, Fox News, 9 July 2022 The hills here are dotted with impoverished villages and split by rivers that gush through ravines to the sea. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 The Raramuri are still largely impoverished after centuries in which their ancestral land was taken from them. Fox News, 23 June 2022 In recent decades, this ranching and farming region has become one of the most impoverished in the state. Jen Murphy, Travel + Leisure, 19 June 2022 In Uvalde, a largely Mexican American city, Catholicism has remained part of the community’s cultural bedrock, providing charitable support and advocating for impoverished families and undocumented immigrants. New York Times, 30 May 2022 In Uvalde, a largely Mexican American city, Catholicism has remained part of the community’s cultural bedrock, providing charitable support and advocating for impoverished families and immigrants living in the country illegally. Rick Rojas, BostonGlobe.com, 29 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of impoverished

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Impoverished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impoverished. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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