American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make a pauper of; impoverish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reduce to pauperism; make a pauper of. Also spelled pauperise.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To reduce to pauperism.
- v. reduce to beggary
“It's "Right to Work" laws which gave working class people no rights whatsoever are now being advanced by mid-Western governors whose basic aim under the pretext of "fiscal responsibility," is to pauperize an increasing proportion of their constituents by eliminating collective bargaining.”
“A simple example of how this economy is continuing to pauperize a larger proportion of its citizenry is the disappearance of meaningful interest rates on savings, a traditional source of income for those with the resources to put aside a portion of their earnings into CDs and other interest-bearing instruments.”
“But surely there exist better ways to do this than for governments to pauperize car manufacturers, or to insist we all drive about in golf cart equivalents that are affordable only for the rich.”
“Eight years of economic and fiscal policies designed to pauperize them and redistribute wealth upwards was more than enough, and even Obama's hint of "hope" was better than McCain's iron clad guarantee of four more years of the Bush economic miracle.”
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“Unlike most other cognitive elites, however, the Brains among Finns don't believe they should further pauperize the Brawns among their countrymen by inviting in foreign Brawns to drive down their own Brawns' wages.”
“WEwill not allowthe use of international organizations like the World Bank and IMF to further pauperize economiesyou have undermined.”
“Not only wars pauperize America's future: we're subsidizing petroleum, corn and soybeans to record prices while nation's infrastructure goes to hell.”
“We as a people are now ruled by a system of Banker-owned Mammon that has usurped the mantle of government, disguised itself as our legitimate government, and set about to pauperize and control our people.”
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