Impoverishment is the state or fact of being extremely poor. A neighborhood's impoverishment is sometimes obvious from its many abandoned buildings.

You can use the noun impoverishment to mean "poverty," and also the act of forcing someone into poverty. A despotic government's impoverishment of its own people can be a way to control the citizens. A situation can also cause impoverishment, such as a serious illness and lack of health insurance. The verb impoverish, or "make poor," comes from the Old French empoverir, "to make poor," from povre, "poor."

Definitions of impoverishment

n the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions

poorness, poverty
wealth, wealthiness
the state of being rich and affluent; having a plentiful supply of material goods and money
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deprivation, neediness, privation, want
a state of extreme poverty
a state without friends or money or prospects
indigence, need, pauperism, pauperization, penury
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
impecuniousness, pennilessness, penuriousness
a state of lacking money
beggary, mendicancy, mendicity
the state of being a beggar or mendicant
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financial condition
the condition of (corporate or personal) finances

n the act of making someone poor

pauperisation, pauperization
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deprivation, privation
act of depriving someone of food or money or rights

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