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Word: impoverish

Definition: make poor; deprive of natural strength or something important; Ex. impoverished soil


Sentences Containing 'impoverish'

If the prodigality of some were not compensated by the frugality of others, the conduct of every prodigal, by feeding the idle with the bread of the industrious, would tend not only to beggar himself, but to impoverish his country.
The parties concerned have replied, that their trade by this continual exportation of silver, might indeed tend to impoverish Europe in general, but not the particular country from which it was carried on; because, by the exportation of a part of the returns to other European countries, it annually brought home a much greater quantity of that metal than it carried out.
Whether, by the continual exportation of those metals, a trade of this kind is likely to impoverish the country from which it is carried on in any other way, I shall have occasion to examine at great length hereafter.

More Vocab Words

::: contumacious - stubborn and disobedient; resisting authority (esp. disobedient to an order made by a court)
::: prodigal - wasteful; reckless with money; profuse; Ex. a mind prodigal of ideas; N. prodigality
::: rustle - make slight sounds like silk moving or being rubbed together
::: esoteric - hard to understand; known only to the chosen few, esp. initiates; N. esoterica
::: imminent - impending; near at hand
::: sullen - silently showing ill humor or resentment; dark; gloomy
::: depredation - plundering; destruction
::: destitute - extremely poor; lacking means of subsistence; utterly lacking; devoid; Ex. destitute of any experience
::: dally - trifle with; toy with; treat without the necessary seriousness; procrastinate; waste time
::: petrify - turn to stone; cause to become stonelike; stun or paralyze