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indigence

[in-di-juh ns] /ˈɪn dɪ dʒəns/
noun
1.
seriously impoverished condition; poverty.
Origin of indigence
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin indigentia need. See indigent, -ence
Can be confused
indigence, indigents.
Synonyms
privation, need, want, penury.
Antonyms
wealth.
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n.

late 14c., from Old French indigence "indigence, need, privation" (13c.), from Latin indigentia "need, want; insatiable desire," from indigentem (nominative indigens), present participle of indigere "to need," from indu "in, within" + egere "be in need, want," from PIE *eg- "to lack" (cf. Old Norse ekla "want, lack," Old High German eccherode "thin, weak").

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