Word of the Day: Impoverished


im-pov-er-ished / ĭm-pŏv-ə-rĭsht, ĭm-pŏv-rĭsht


1. poor, without the basic necessities of life, destitute

Has he not also another object, which is that they may be impoverished by payment of taxes, and thus compelled to devote themselves to their daily wants and therefore less likely to conspire against him?

From “The Republic” by Plato, 427 BC – 347 BC

2. lacking strength or vitality; depleted

People with an impoverished vocabulary live an impoverished emotional life; people with rich vocabularies have a multihued palette of colors with which to paint their experience, not only for others, but for themselves as well.

From “Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!” by Tony Robbins, 1960 –


1. past tense of the verb “impoverish”

Almsgiving never impoverished, stealing never enriched, and prosperity never made wise.

English Proverb