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Definition make someone poorer; or make something less valuable
  • Bad economic policy has impoverished the country.
impoverished = made poor
  • Climate change will hit impoverished areas the hardest.
  • impoverished = poor
  • Overuse has impoverished the soil.
  • impoverished = made poor
  • 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
  • impoverished = poor
  • 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
  • impoverished = poor
  • The Irish and the Italians were peasants, tenant farmers from the impoverished countryside of Europe.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • impoverished = poor
  • 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
  • impoverished = poor
  • 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
  • She had become the woman of impoverished households—strong and hard and rough.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • impoverished = made poor
  • 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
  • He was broken, harassed, and impoverished because of this.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • There were at least a dozen black football players from impoverished backgrounds auditioning for the role of Eliza Doolittle.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Both are extraordinarily rational, and both lead to a frightful oppression and impoverishment of life, because they simplify it so crudely.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • 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
  • 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
  • Yet most Africans, even in this group, are impoverished by low incomes and high cost of living.
    Nelson Mandela  --  I Am Prepared to Die
  • "His father's money must have run out, and he decided he'd rather be a wealthy traitor than an impoverished apprentice.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chicago's small but vocal censorians feared that impoverished parents would turn the building into a depository for unwanted children.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City

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