pauperism

Part of speech: noun

Abject poverty; destitution.

Part of speech: noun

Paupers collectively.

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Usage examples "pauperism":

  1. But wise men and wise women everywhere are now, and for some years have been, earnestly engaged in studying how to save society from the curse of pauperism, while taking care that all helpless and innocent suffering shall be relieved. - "From the Easy Chair, series 3", George William Curtis.
  2. Giving to such persons encourages pauperism and fraud instead of curing it. - "Community Civics and Rural Life", Arthur W. Dunn.
  3. There was also an hereditary pauperism. - "Customs and Fashions in Old New England", Alice Morse Earle.