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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The trade in slave labor was to the South what pauperized wage labor was to the North: a blunt reminder that great fortunes could be wrung from the sweat of other men's faces.
Her parents were pauperized by the panic of 1873, when the small-town bank they owned in Homer, New York, failed.
That imperative brought about another dilemma: O wealthy individual, the state will rob you, but in absence of it, the pauperized masses will mob you.
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'800 years of Muslim rule' kept Muslims pauperized whereas wealth, properties remained with the Hindus.
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The dismantling of our democratic institutions enabled plunder, which in turn pauperized the country.
So Palestinians, helpless, are left to lament their broken democracy, their pauperized society, their disunited polity.