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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Those who leave Berlin in search of cheaper housing find an impoverished railway network, with only one train an hour on some lines. The Economist, "Public transport is in decline in many wealthy cities," 21 June 2018 Evans, meanwhile, said the challenges of her life, including an impoverished childhood, had fueled and informed her achievements. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "With Georgia Democratic Primary Win, Stacey Abrams Is One Step Closer to Becoming the First Black Woman Governor," 22 May 2018 In the not-too-distant future, a pharmaceutical pirate named Jack travels around the world in a submarine, breaking patents and copyrights to bring cheap drugs to the world’s impoverished peoples. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The 13 best sci-fi books to check out on your new Kindle," 29 Dec. 2018 Kim Jong Un’s makeover continued with a two-day visit to China, where the North Korean dictator was hailed as a leader trying to develop his impoverished nation. The Economist, "Politics this week," 21 June 2018 Only Bolivia and Cuba defended their ally, calling on the U.S. to end sanctions against the impoverished nation. Ben Bartenstein,, "Venezuela Anti-U.S Revolt Ending in Whimper as Exodus Mounts," 14 Apr. 2018 But these days the wealth disparity between South Korea and impoverished North Korea is obvious. Bruce Harrison, NBC News, "Just beyond DMZ in South Korea, life is peaceful in ‘Unification Village’," 8 Jan. 2018 His crime was not the suppression of dissent or the suspension of constitutional rule — but rather, an attempt to address his nation’s wrenching inequality by redistributing the United Fruit Company’s (UFC) unused land to impoverished peasants. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "We Owe Central American Migrants Much More Than This," 21 June 2018 The outcome of the election will reverberate far beyond the impoverished Central African country. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Congo Votes in Contentious Election," 30 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of impoverished

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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