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

Definition of pauperize

transitive verb

: to reduce to poverty

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pauperization \ ˌpȯ-​pə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce pauperize (audio) \ noun

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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, "The Twin Contagions Facing Latin America," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of pauperize

1806, in the meaning defined above

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“Pauperize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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