One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a widow who had been impoverished by inflation’
make poor, make penniless, reduce to penury, reduce to destitution, bring to ruin, bring someone to their knees, bankrupt, ruin, make insolvent
wipe out, clean out, break, cripple
rare pauperize, beggar
2‘the trees were considered to be impoverishing the soil’
weaken, sap, exhaust, drain, empty, diminish, deplete, enervate, suck dry
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