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Definition of "impoverished" []

  • Reduced to poverty; poverty-stricken. See Synonyms at poor. (adjective)
  • Deprived of natural richness or strength; limited or depleted: an impoverished vocabulary; a region impoverished by drought. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "impoverished" in a sentence
  • "Green Party candidate Claudia Rodriguez-Larrain ran what she described as an impoverished, but spirited campaign out of her home."
  • "It's a cautionary tale and one of revelation, everyone knows these issues are present within impoverished areas, but one doesn't begin to truly care until they see it for themselves."
  • "Indeed, Unmade-up features a piece by a certain impoverished author whom I have on reliable authority subsists on something called cawl (soup), so worth a look."