[syn: pauperization, pauperisation, impoverishment]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pauperization \Pau`per*i*za"tion\, n.
The act or process of reducing to pauperism. --C. Kingsley.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence
appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the
homeless" [syn: indigence, need, penury, pauperism,
2: the act of making someone poor [syn: pauperization,