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- Obsolete spelling of impoverish.
1815, Joseph Coppinger, The American Practical Brewer and Tanner:
- A sudden chill would precipitate the grosser, and diffuse the lighter dregs throughout the fermenting fluid, which should be thrown off from the surface in cleansing; this would retard the fining, and empoverish the beer or ale; while the mode recommended will be found to promote transparency, and give strength and body, that is, fullness and spirituosity.
1837, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete:
- But we cannot refuse our admiration to the fervent and generous order of public spirit existent at that time, when we find that it was a popular leader who proposed to, and carried through, a popular assembly the motion, that went to empoverish the men who supported his party and adjudged his proposition.
1856, Austin Steward, Twenty-Two Years a Slave, and Forty Years a Freeman:
- The judges allowed twenty minutes to prepare the horses for the second trial of their speed--a trial which must enrich or empoverish many of the thousands present.