immiserate

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Back-formation from immiseration.

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immiserate (third-person singular simple present immiserates, present participle immiserating, simple past and past participle immiserated)

  1. (transitive) To impoverish or sink into misery.
    • 1971 Nov. 28, Robert L. Heilbroner, "Phase II of the Capitalist System," New York Times (retrieved 8 Dec 2016):
      By far the most powerful dynamic conception of capitalism as a system wracked by unavoidable change is the classic Marxian view in which a working class is first immiserated, then disciplined, finally goaded beyond endurance by a system that systematically exploits and deceives it.

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