from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A female pauper.
- n. pauperisation, pauperise. See pauperization, pauperize.
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For everybody else in the room had fits, except the wards-woman; an elderly, able-bodied pauperess, with a large upper lip, and an air of repressing and saving her strength, as she stood with her hands folded before her, and her eyes slowly rolling, biding her time for catching or holding somebody.