impoverish

To impoverish is to take away a person's livelihood. When a drought ruins a farmer's crop and he has nothing to harvest, his bad luck may leave him and his family impoverished, or poor.

The Latin prefix in- is changed to im when in front of a word starting with the letter p-, but its meaning "in" or "into" stays the same. With roots in the French word povre meaning "poor," impoverish means to make poor or drive someone "into poverty." The 2010 earthquake in Haiti left over a million people impoverished, destroying everything they owned.

Definitions of impoverish
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v make poor

Antonyms:
enrich
make wealthy or richer
Types:
reduce
lessen and make more modest
beggar, pauperise, pauperize
reduce to beggary
bankrupt, break, ruin, smash
reduce to bankruptcy
Type of:
deprive
keep from having, keeping, or obtaining

v take away

Synonyms:
deprive
Antonyms:
enrich
make better or improve in quality
Types:
disestablish
deprive (an established church) of its status
Type of:
decline, worsen
grow worse

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