pauper (n.) 1510s, "person destitute of property or means of livelihood," from L. pauper "poor," from pre-L. *pavo-pars "getting little," from pau-, root of paucus "little" + parere "get, produce" (see PARE (Cf. pare)). Originally in English a legal word, from Latin phrase in forma pauperis (late 15c.) "in the character of a poor person."

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(depending on charity)

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