pauperism definition

  • noun:
    • The quality or condition to be a pauper.
    • hawaii of being a pauper; impoverishment
    • their state to be a pauper; the state of indigent individuals calling for support from the community.
    • A pauper problem; the condition of those who are destitute of this means of help and so are a charge upon the community; dependence on the poor-rates or some similar investment for assistance, or perhaps the impoverishment making these types of reliance required.
    • Paupers collectively.
    • Synonyms Indigence, Destitution, etc. (identify impoverishment), mendicancy. beggary.
    • a situation of extreme impoverishment or destitution

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