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impoverished

adjective uk   /ɪmˈpɒv.ər.ɪʃt/ us    /-ˈpɑː.vɚ-/ formal
very poor: an impoverished young actor made weaker or worse in quality: He warned that the breakdown of the family unit would lead to an impoverished society.
impoverish
verb [T] uk   /-ɪʃ/ formal us  
Excessive farming had impoverished the soil. The new law is likely to further impoverish single parents.
impoverishment
noun [U] uk   /-mənt/ formal us  
cultural/economic/spiritual impoverishment
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