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

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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 In Haiti, not a single vaccine has been administered to the more than 11 million people who live in the most impoverished country of the Western hemisphere. Krista Larson, Anchorage Daily News, "Vaccine deserts: Some countries have no COVID-19 jabs at all," 9 May 2021 There’s something different about how this storyline is being handled compared to previous situations where someone is clearly using a rich American, even as the American is exploiting someone from an impoverished country. Ashley Ray-harris, Vulture, "90 Day Fiancé Season-Finale Recap: Yara and Jovi Take Center Stage," 5 Apr. 2021 In the early years, Ireland was an impoverished country, among the poorest in Europe, and life was hard for many, and the homes for unmarried mothers were run like workhouses. Washington Post, "Irish leader apologizes for cruelty to unwed mothers and babies at homes run by the state and Catholic Church," 13 Jan. 2021 In the first 10 months of the year, Hondurans living in the U.S. sent more than $4.6 billion to relatives back home, a lifeline for the impoverished Central American country. Santiago Pérez And Juan Carlos Rivera, WSJ, "Honduran Authorities Disperse Migrant Caravan Heading to the U.S.," 11 Dec. 2020 For Israel, the warming with Sudan is a largely symbolic achievement, partnering with an impoverished Arab country that holds little sway across the Middle East. Lara Jakes, New York Times, "Trump Announces Sudan and Israel Will Normalize Relations," 23 Oct. 2020 Local authorities have for long complained of bearing the brunt of Europe's lingering migration issues, accusing other parts of their impoverished country of failing to help out. Sabina Niksic, Star Tribune, "Bosnia: Hundreds of migrants evicted from UN-run camps," 30 Sep. 2020 The near-shutdown of Myanmar’s Yangon region and Rakhine state as well as lower election spending amid social distancing measures threaten the impoverished country’s forecast for economic recovery next year. Khine Lin Kyaw,, "Suu Kyi Under Pressure to Delay Vote as Myanmar Virus Cases Rise," 18 Sep. 2020 Born into an intellectual, progressive family in 1821, Duff Gordon married an impoverished Scottish baronet and knew Tennyson, Dickens, and Thackeray. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, "Ancient Egypt for the Egyptians," 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of impoverished

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 May 2021

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“Impoverished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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