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 for impoverishment
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Impoverishment \Im*pov"er*ish*ment\, n. [Cf. OF.
     empoverissement, and F. appauvrissement.]
     The act of impoverishing, or the state of being impoverished;
     reduction to poverty. --Sir W. Scott.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  impoverishment
      n 1: the state of having little or no money and few or no
           material possessions [syn: poverty, poorness,
           impoverishment] [ant: wealth, wealthiness]
      2: the act of making someone poor [syn: pauperization,
         pauperisation, impoverishment]

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