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Pauper

An impoverished person who is supported at public expense; an indigent litigant who is permitted to sue or defend without paying costs; an impoverished criminal defendant who has a right to receive legal services without charge.

PAUPER. One so poor that he must be supported at the public expense.
    2. The statutes of the several states make ample provisions for the support of the poor. It is not within the plan of this work even to give an abstract of such extensive legislation. Vide 16 Vin. Ab. 259; Botts on the Poor Laws; Woodf. Landl. & Ten. 901.

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How was the pauperised child who was an integral part of the working-class family's economic base to be protected?
At any Premiership match the pitch is healthily populated with black players from all parts of the world and the sport would be pauperised without their contribution.
For all these reasons, the national self-narratives offered by post-colonial regimes and Elites became unappealing to large segments of the increasingly pauperised and uneducated masses (2) (Farah, 1987; Dekmejian, 1995; Loomba, 1998).
Simultaneously, for the less well-off among the white citizens, the removal of the safety net of white privilege (such as job reservation laws) and its replacement by open competition for jobs, goods and services in the marketplace, means that many will sink below their customary standard of living into the common pool of the unemployed, pauperised underclass.
At the same time we are shedding all of our manufacturing abilities to other countries so that we shall become only a country of pauperised consumers buying in every commodity and then we shall even have to cull the salaries of our political sponges.