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 Dictionary entry overview: What does impoverished mean? 

IMPOVERISHED (adjective)
  The adjective IMPOVERISHED has 2 senses:

1. poor enough to need help from others
2. destroyed financially

  Familiarity information: IMPOVERISHED used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

IMPOVERISHED (adjective)

Sense 1impoverished [BACK TO TOP]


Poor enough to need help from others


destitute; impoverished; indigent; necessitous; needy; poverty-stricken


poor (having little money or few possessions)

Sense 2impoverished [BACK TO TOP]


Destroyed financially


impoverished; wiped out; broken

Context example:

the broken fortunes of the family


destroyed (spoiled or ruined or demolished)

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