Definition of Poorhouse

1. Noun. An establishment maintained at public expense in order to provide housing for the poor and homeless.

Generic synonyms: Establishment
Specialized synonyms: Workhouse

Definition of Poorhouse

1. n. A dwelling for a number of paupers maintained at public expense; an almshouse; a workhouse.

Definition of Poorhouse

1. Noun. A charitable institution where poor or homeless people are lodged ¹

2. Noun. A workhouse ¹

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Definition of Poorhouse

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Poorhouse

poor relation
poor shape
poor show
poor speller
poor sport
poor thing
poor white
poor white trash
poorhouse (current term)

Literary usage of Poorhouse

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1. Practice of the Scottish Poor Law by George A. Mackay (1907)
"Governor of poorhouse The Governor of a poorhouse, although not directly under the ... A parish may own a poorhouse, or possess a share in a combination ..."

2. The Great Modern American Stories: An Anthology by William Dean Howells, Boni & Liveright (1920)
"The other old women in the poorhouse sitting-room gathered about her. ... The other members of the poorhouse had scanty faith in that red flannel. ..."

3. Vital Records of Marblehead, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 by Joseph Warren Chapman (1904)
"PELTRO, Hannah, at the poorhouse, Oct. 10, 1836, a. 94 y. PENN, Betsey, unm. at the poorhouse, ... Samuel, old age, at the poorhouse, Oct 6, 1842, a. 84 y. ..."

4. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings ... Annual Forum by National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association, Conference of Charities (U.S., Conference of Charities (U.S.), National Conference of Social Work (U.S. (1885)
"They are the ones that would come least of all under poorhouse jurisdiction. ... If a poorhouse is needed, as small a one as will meet the demands of the ..."

5. History of Poor Relief Legislation in Iowa by John Lewis Gillin, State Historical Society of Iowa (1914)
"IX THE poorhouse IN IOWA POOR RELIEF LEGISLATION The early poorhouse laws of America were borrowed from England, the chief features being copied from the ..."

6. Introduction to the Study of the Dependent, Defective, and Delinquent by Charles Richmond Henderson (1906)
"CHAPTER V. PUBLIC INDOOR RELIEF: THE poorhouse. 1. Scope. ... The poorhouse is disliked by most persons because it deprives them of liberty to move about ..."

7. Introduction to the Study of the Dependent, Defective, and Delinquent by Charles Richmond Henderson (1901)
"The resources of outdoor relief are too slender to bear the strain of entire support extending through many months and years. The poorhouse is disliked by ..."

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