Empoverish meaning

1837, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete.

But we cannot refuse our admiration to the fervent and generous order of public spirit existent at that time, when we find that it was a popular leader who proposed to, and carried through, a popular assembly the motion, that went to empoverish the men who supported his party and adjudged his proposition.

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1856, Austin Steward, Twenty-Two Years a Slave, and Forty Years a Freeman.

The judges allowed twenty minutes to prepare the horses for the second trial of their speed--a trial which must enrich or empoverish many of the thousands present.

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