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Back-formation from immiseration.



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

  1. (transitive) To impoverish (someone); to make someone sink into misery.
    • 1971 November 28, Robert L. Heilbroner, “Phase II of the Capitalist System”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      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.
    • 2018 January 16, Greg Goldberg, Antisocial Media: Anxious Labor in the Digital Economy, NYU Press, →ISBN, page 51:
      The fun, pleasurable aspect of playbor troubles scholars because it seems to suggest that playborers are not exploited; exploitation is supposed to be immiserating, not fun.
    • 2020, Thomas Orlik, China: The Bubble that Never Pops, Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 76:
      Higher inequality, in part the result of a real estate boom that immiserated some and enriched others, meant more wealth in the hands of the high-saving rich.
    • 2021, Michael Harris, Stay Alive: Surviving Capitalism’s Coming Hunger Games[2], John Hunt Publishing, →ISBN:
      These regimes will favor older people and contain and immiserate the young.

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