Definition of immiseration in English:

immiseration

noun

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.’

Origin

1940s translating German Verelendung.

Pronunciation

immiseration

/ɪˌmɪzəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/