- seriously impoverished condition; poverty.
Origin of indigence
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Examples from the Web for indigence
But there are many more people balancing precariously on the verge of indigence.A Dickensian Christmas For Greece’s New Poor
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 22, 2013
Our relations; who enjoyed all our property, had reduced us to indigence.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
The luxury of one class is counterbalanced by the indigence of another.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
You are better at home, under no compulsion to act dishonorably from indigence.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
But at the same time we are assured that they were not left in indigence or necessity.
Opulence and indigence were no more sympathetic than oil and vinegar.A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike
Word Origin and History for indigence
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").