Definition of immiseration in English:



mass noun
  • Economic impoverishment.

    ‘rapid modernization had an impact on the level of urban immiseration’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But, of course, neither Marx nor the anti-capitalist movement expect or have expected absolute immiseration to be the rule for either the advanced capitalist core or the increasingly excluded periphery.’
    • ‘The 1929 stock market crash which marked the beginning of the Great Depression ushered in a period of immiseration for virtually the entire working class.’
    • ‘Indeed, even those who hated the war may find themselves morally trapped into supporting direct rule if the alternative appears to be a collapse into anarchy, immiseration and ethnic conflict.’
    • ‘I do not think that Europe can remain a ‘social market capitalist island’ in a sea of general global immiseration.’
    • ‘The first is the supposed correlation between market-friendly policies and mass immiseration.’
    • ‘That gap creates lots of profound problems, but the progressive immiseration of the citizenry is not one of them.’
    • ‘This includes killing, bodily or mental harm, preventing births, immiseration and forcibly transferring children.’
    • ‘The price paid by others in immiseration and suffering means that the leisure and creativity of the dominant class is prevented from being fully human.’
    • ‘It is not immediately clear how this jibes with the subsequent emphasis on working-class docility and immiseration of workers under the burden of capital's competitive restructuring efforts.’
    • ‘Some countries have witnessed concentration of capital among agroexporters alongside the marginalization and immiseration of small-scale producers and processors.’
    • ‘Poverty and hardship continued to trouble social reformers and politicians in the second half of the nineteenth century, but there was a real change in emphasis from the sense of inescapable immiseration of the early nineteenth century.’
    • ‘The women recount stomach-churning stories of childhood slavery and abuse, rape, and immiseration.’
    • ‘Hand-loom weaving survived much longer, but growing immiseration was the lot of its practitioners by the 1840s.’
    • ‘In the Philippines, for example, rapid development and modernization led to the immiseration of the urban poor and the impoverishment of the rural population.’
    • ‘They will also engage themselves vigorously with the immiseration and the violence suffered by that great portion of the planet who have never known democracy and freedom.’
    • ‘In nineteenth-century Europe the immiseration of the Industrial Revolution was certainly eased by emigration, but it was eventually conquered by the very economic development that had originally caused it.’
    • ‘For the country as a whole, it is very hard to resist the economic pressure to become bigger, to grow one's way out of social problems, most obviously the immiseration of the poor.’


1940s translating German Verelendung.