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immiseration Syllabification: im·mis·er·a·tion
Pronunciation: /i(m)ˌmizəˈrāSHən/

Definition of immiseration in English:


Economic impoverishment.
Example sentences
  • He predicted the growing immiseration and impoverishment of the working class in capitalist societies.
  • Similar, if less sanguine, interpretations can be constructed around globalization, environmental agendas, and economic immiseration in the South.
  • Firstly, the bulk of the population, which has long been suffering from neo-liberal policies and increasing immiseration, is now open to real social and economic alternatives.


Pronunciation: /-ˈmizəˌrāt/
Example sentences
  • Perhaps it's also a sly reference to the level of insanity required to embark on such a quixotic venture, one notorious for hobbling, immiserating and occasionally impoverishing even the proudest, toughest egos Hollywood has to offer.
  • This a-historical machine will exploit and immiserate people on our behalf and exonerate us in the process.
  • It is a human catastrophe that continues to immiserate and impoverish millions of people.


1940s: translating German Verelendung.

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