pau·​per·​ize ˈpȯ-pə-ˌrīz How to pronounce pauperize (audio)
pauperized; pauperizing

transitive verb

: to reduce to poverty
pauperization noun

Examples of pauperize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ironically, in Cuba, a country pauperized by a Marxist model for the past 61 years, there is a growing public cry demanding change. Otto Reich, National Review, 8 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pauperize was in 1806

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“Pauperize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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