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English Dictionary: pauperism by the DICT Development Group
2 results for pauperism
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless"
    Synonym(s): indigence, need, penury, pauperism, pauperization
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pauperism \Pau"per*ism\, n. [Cf. F. paup[82]risme.]
      The state of being a pauper; the state of indigent persons
      requiring support from the community. --Whatly.
      Syn: Poverty; indigence; penury; want; need; destitution. See
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