What does the word pauperism mean?

Usage examples for 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 by George William Curtis
  2. Giving to such persons encourages pauperism and fraud instead of curing it. – Community Civics and Rural Life by Arthur W. Dunn
  3. There was also an hereditary pauperism. – Customs and Fashions in Old New England by Alice Morse Earle