Pauper



[paw-per] /ˈpɔ pər/

noun
1.
a person without any means of support, especially a destitute person who depends on aid from public welfare funds or charity.
2.
a very poor person.
/ˈpɔːpə/
noun
1.
a person who is extremely poor
2.
(formerly) a destitute person supported by public charity
n.

1510s, “person destitute of property or means of livelihood,” from Latin pauper “poor, not wealthy, of small means” (see poor (adj.)). Originally in English a legal word, from Latin phrase in forma pauperis (late 15c.) “in the character of a poor person,” thus allowed to sue in court without legal fees.

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