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

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What a cruel psychological game to play with impoverished children. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Angelina Jolie Fires Back About Casting Controversy: "I Am Upset"," 31 July 2017 Planet Awesome Kid, a street style website for the under-12 set, teamed up with the charity, headed by uber-chic mother of six Angelina Jolie, to help host its first annual fundraiser, which will benefit impoverished children worldwide. Jennifer Heyde, Harper's BAZAAR, "Global Action for Children Draws Chic Tots for Fundraising," 23 Mar. 2010 These storms, and the subsequent infrastructure disasters, have been hard on Native communities that are already impoverished and lack infrastructure. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "The Climate Disaster We Fear Is Already Happening," 22 Apr. 2019 Despite Sudan’s oil wealth, his people remained impoverished as cronies from his Islamist National Congress Party grew rich. ... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Downfall of a Dictator," 11 Apr. 2019 The small and impoverished Central African nation of Burundi has been unstable since 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to seek a third term in office that his opponents said was unconstitutional. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Burundians reunite with childhood savior, this time as refugees in Rwanda," 17 Apr. 2018 The area has long been one of the most impoverished and segregated parts of town. Luke Broadwater,, "In Baltimore's high-crime zones, an experiment in government starts to yield results," 11 Apr. 2018 Many people across the country’s impoverished cities queue for hours to buy bread at bakeries while others spend nights at gas stations to buy gas, activists said. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Sudan’s Deadly Protests Pressure President’s Three-Decade Rule," 28 Dec. 2018 Except for a Coca-Cola factory outside the largely impoverished city, there are no visible signs of multinational companies. Washington Post, "AP Interview: Somaliland president defends UAE military deal," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of impoverished

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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