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Bad economic policy has impoverished the country.
  make someone poorer; or make something less valuable
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  • Bad economic policy has impoverished the country.
  • Climate change will hit impoverished areas the hardest.
  • Overuse has impoverished the soil.
  • She had become the woman of impoverished households—strong and hard and rough.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace

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  • The second- and third-generation Latinos on the block felt it was their working-class neighborhoods that bore the brunt of a wave of impoverished, unskilled workers.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The Irish and the Italians were peasants, tenant farmers from the impoverished countryside of Europe.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • In this impoverished community of mud and stone huts, both Mortenson’s life and the lives of northern Pakistan’s children changed course.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Better, he thought, to be in Burundi, if Burundi were at peace, than to live on the wrong, impoverished planet in New York.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • I spent hours in conversation with all sorts of people, from struggling mothers to impoverished children who sniffed glue to help them cope with hunger and police brutality.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • They were impoverished.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted

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  • And in impoverished areas where people wanted to forget about their reality because it was so bad, drug dealers had easy prey.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Soon, anything his mother bought him ended up in pieces on the concrete floor of their unfinished home in an impoverished neighborhood near the U.S. border.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • The very word want suggests a lack, an impoverishment, and that is what desire is: an impoverishment of the brain, a flaw, a mistake.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • He had, moments before, been among an army of impoverished Malaysian laborers seeming to be squatting in an unfinished building and now he was two floors up and in the most sophisticated dwelling possible.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • All together you are poor, rude, immoral, unintelligent, impoverished, bitter, stubborn, and a blight upon your village and my kingdom.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • The impoverished always try to keep moving, as if relocating might help.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • There came cruel, cold, and biting winds, and blizzards of snow, all testing relentlessly for failing muscles and impoverished blood.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I walk over and pick it up, afraid the light will fade the paper jacket, the black-and-white photo of the humble, impoverished family on the cover.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Which is exactly the sort of thing you need to know if you’re an impoverished hitchhiker trying to see the marvels of the Universe for less than thirty Altairian dollars a day.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Country neighbors from Otradnoe, impoverished old squires and their daughters, Peronskaya a maid of honor, Pierre Bezukhov, and the son of their district postmaster who had obtained a post in Petersburg.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Their prosperity and their fatness mean the impoverishment of the country.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • This failed to happen, partly because of the impoverishment caused by a long series of wars and revolutions, partly because scientific and technical progress depended on the empirical habit of thought, which could not survive in a strictly regimented society.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • King of France, who was formidable still in spite of his recent reverses; and it was necessary, therefore, to have recourse to some profitable scheme, which was a matter of great difficulty in the impoverished condition of exhausted Italy.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But as for the recently impoverished Atlanta people, they could starve and drop in the streets for all the newly rich Republicans cared.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • For fear impoverishes always, while sorrow may enrich.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • He was broken, harassed, and impoverished because of this.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Ultimately, Feltz believed, two groups of people would pay the price for this collective failure: the refugees themselves, and the residents of Clarkston, a small town with few resources and no expertise in handling the cultural assimilation of a group of traumatized and impoverished East African farmers into the American South.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • After that the British shouldn’t remain in Hol— land: they should offer their most abject apologies to all the occupied countries, restore the Dutch East Indies to its rightful owner and then return, weakened and impoverished, to England.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Miss Pross’s friendship being of the thoroughly practical kind, she had ravaged Soho and the adjacent provinces, in search of impoverished French, who, tempted by shillings and halfcrowns, would impart culinary mysteries to her.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I am an impoverished wretch—the very gaberdine I wear is borrowed from Reuben of Tadcaster.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • To take three thousand pounds from the fortune of their dear little boy would be impoverishing him to the most dreadful degree.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Their mother, who came of an impoverished line of princes—the H——s— had died at Petersburg when her husband was in his heydey.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • I also have in my mind that seemingly wealthy, but most terribly impoverished class of all, who have accumulated dross, but know not how to use it, or get rid of it, and thus have forged their own golden or silver fetters.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • While grappling with the issue, Ne ministers came up with a solution that seemed to hold the dual promise of limiting the crowds while increasing the flow of hard currency into the impoverished national coffers: raise the fee for climbing permits.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He saw a collection of inanimate objects in the room and constructed a system to explain them—a system that he interpreted with such rigid and impoverished logic that when George fires his shotgun at Martha and an umbrella pops out, he laughed out loud.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • In summer, walking any street in the Shaw neighborhood, on the impoverished fringe of Northwest Washington, is to weave by kitchen chairs tucked into the narrow shadow of buildings.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • But I do mind seeing the process of impoverishment from a sort of—I don’t know what to call it— innocence.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • As a selfish man will impoverish his family and often bring them to ruin, so a selfish king brings ruin on his people and often plunges them into war.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • "That’s what has impoverished him, eh?"
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • I hated the evil guys and felt so sad for these impoverished colored children.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • What a strange-looking youth, tall, prematurely aged, the big blue eyes faded with anxiety, the hair impoverished and tousled!
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The panic of 1837, which Jackson bequeathed to Van Buren, turned the planters from the impoverished lands of Virginia, the Carolinas, and east Georgia, toward the West.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Both are extraordinarily rational, and both lead to a frightful oppression and impoverishment of life, because they simplify it so crudely.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • It is her money which has restored this impoverished estate.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Fortune presents her a second chance in the form of an impoverished doctor—in fact, a prince in disguise who has elected to work among the needy.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • The panic of 1873 had engulfed the nation into the most terrible depression it had ever suffered, and the already impoverished states of the South were particularly hard hit.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • His clothes became increasingly impoverished - his frame thinner; a hunted look appeared in his eyes, and on his last visits, he would spend long periods staring into space, oblivious of his lordship’s presence or, sometimes, even of having been addressed.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • "Every one of them would have a story," recalls Mosbacher, who wound up at the track after running away from an impoverished home.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The dangers of life in an impoverished city overcrowded with refugees were emphasized again one day when I was visiting Ellen.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • She disappeared in a kind of sulphurous apotheosis, and when a few years later Medora again came back to New York, subdued, impoverished, mourning a third husband, and in quest of a still smaller house, people wondered that her rich niece had not been able to do something for her.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
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