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.
Synonyms Indigence, Destitution, etc. (identify impoverishment), mendicancy. beggary.
a situation of extreme impoverishment or destitution