pauperism

Definitions of pauperism
  1. noun
    a state of extreme poverty or destitution
    synonyms: indigence, need, pauperisation, pauperization, penury
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    types:
    beggary, mendicancy, mendicity
    the state of being a beggar or mendicant
    type of:
    impoverishment, poorness, poverty
    the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
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