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pau·per / ˈpôpər/ • n. a very poor person. ∎  hist. a recipient of government relief or public charity.DERIVATIVES: pau·per·dom / -dəm/ n.pau·per·ism / -ˌrizəm/ n.pau·per·i·za·tion / ˌpôpəriˈzāshən/ n.pau·per·ize / -ˌrīz/ v.


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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.


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pauper XVI. — L. pauper POOR.