from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make miserable; impoverish.

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  • v. To impoverish or sink into misery.


New Latin immiserāre, immiserāt- (translation of German verelenden, to sink into misery : ver-, causative pref. + Elend, poverty) : Latin in-, causative pref.; see in-2 + Latin miser, wretched.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • This is how the "Third" World is kept in poverty, subjugated to the "First" World, whose people purposefully, premeditatedly impoverish and immiserate the people of the "Third" World via depraved indifference in order to serve the plump, plutocratic pleasure of U.S. transnationals, their shareholders and American consumers.

    Manufacturing Poor People

  • All these carbon trading scams will accomplish is to further immiserate and disempower the Global South to extend our party a few hours, and we'll never see -- until it is too late -- the actualization of all that ocean of latent fury outside the 'burbs.

    Stan Goff: The Flavor of Fear

  • If we do not put a halt to it, civilization will continue to immiserate the vast majority of humans and to degrade the planet until it (civilization, and probably the planet) collapses.


  • If we do not put a halt to it, civilization will continue to immiserate the vast majority of humans and to degrade the planet until it civilization, and probably the planet collapses.

    The New Beginning

  • Some of the money comes from an army of dupes and dittoheads who don't mind being bilked to support a system whose ultimate purpose is to immiserate them, and the rest comes from people who are planning to immiserate them.

    Wingnut welfare and pearl clutching: a match made in heaven.

  • April 17th, 2006 at 12:21 am cdj #75: I go with the founding fathers on this: the mass of humanity can be manipulated towards evil, and to act in ways contrary to morality, and even act against its own self interest, even in ways to enslave and immiserate itself.

    Firedoglake » Late Nite FDL: Dear Wolfie: Can You Tell the Difference Yet?

  • People who dared to question the need to kill and immiserate as many Muslims as possible were at best ignored and at worst visited by the FBI.

    The Guardian World News

  • He is in the process of implementing a serious austerity package against Italian workers, which, if he gets away with it, will immiserate millions.

    Progressive Bloggers

  • Or it might have been a bad idea to destabilize an entire country or to immiserate an entire population.

    One Thousand Reasons

  • I am depressed because the president of the United States is a fool who will immiserate us, render us wards of the state and lose us our life and liberty to those [Iranian Mullas] who understand what they are about.



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