from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or state of being a pauper.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pauper condition; the condition of those who are destitute of the means of support and are a charge upon the community; dependence on the poor-rates or some similar fund for support, or the poverty which makes such dependence necessary.
  • noun Paupers collectively.
  • noun Synonyms Indigence, Destitution, etc. (see poverty), mendicancy. beggary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being a pauper; the state of indigent persons requiring support from the community.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the state of being a pauper; poverty

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a state of extreme poverty or destitution


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  • Were one able to follow the example set us, among cities, by Leipsic (where the word pauperism is absolutely non - existent), we should have effectually turned the corner out of the ill - kept vagrant road into which Henry VIII first led us, when "pauperism" began to be a sore in the midst of England's healthy body of citizens.

    Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman

  • According to government statistics, it is said ninety-eight percent of the American people are living from day to day on their wages, which means that a loss of employment would result in pauperism for all but two percent.

    Victorious Peace

  • It is safe to say that from 50 to 75 per cent of the total negro population of the United States live in poverty as distinguished from pauperism, that is, live under such conditions that physical and mental efficiency cannot be maintained.

    Sociology and Modern Social Problems

  • -- The scientific remedies for poverty and pauperism, that is, the scientific methods of dealing with the various dependent classes and of preventing their existence, now form the subject-matter of a great independent science, the science of philanthropy, which, as we have already seen, may be considered a branch of applied sociology.

    Sociology and Modern Social Problems

  • Even the kind of pauperism and crime in which they indulged was particularly disgraceful.

    Jukes-Edwards A Study in Education and Heredity

  • Now, it is a self-evident fact that "pauperism," which is a living drag on our social wheel, can _not_ be dealt with other than by rigorous local government.

    Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman

  • They entirely forget, that the first promulgation of the Gospel was made at a time when the worst kind of pauperism prevailed; and that even the Master Himself, and the greater number of His Apostles belonged to the lowest stratum of society.

    System der volkswirthschaft. English

  • Its administration is confined to that pauperism which is so despairing as to allow itself to be caught and detained.

    Selected Essays

  • Their homes are wretched hovels, their surroundings are forbidding and their minds are sunken in a kind of pauperism out of which it seems impossible to arouse them. "

    Country life in Georgia in the days of my youth,

  • The figures are appalling: 1,800,000 people in London live on the poverty line and below it, and 1,000,000 live with one week's wages between them and pauperism.



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