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

  Pauperism \Pau"per*ism\, n. [Cf. F. paup['e]risme.]
     The state of being a pauper; the state of indigent persons
     requiring support from the community. --Whatly.
     [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Poverty; indigence; penury; want; need; destitution. See
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence
           appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the
           homeless" [syn: indigence, need, penury, pauperism,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  26 Moby Thesaurus words for "pauperism":
     bare cupboard, bare subsistence, beggarliness, beggary,
     deprivation, destitution, empty purse, grinding poverty, gripe,
     hand-to-mouth existence, homelessness, impecuniousness,
     impoverishment, indigence, lack, mendicancy, moneylessness,
     necessitousness, necessity, need, neediness, pauperization, penury,
     pinch, privation, want

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