[ in-di-juhns ]
/ ˈɪn dɪ dʒəns /


seriously impoverished condition; poverty.


Nearby words

  1. indifferent,
  2. indifferent gonad,
  3. indifferent tissue,
  4. indifferentism,
  5. indigen,
  6. indigency,
  7. indigene,
  8. indigenize,
  9. indigenous,
  10. indigenous australian

Origin of indigence

1325–75; Middle English < Latin indigentia need. See indigent, -ence

Can be confusedindigence indigents Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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").

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