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indigence

[in-di-juhns]
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noun
  1. seriously impoverished condition; poverty.
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Origin of indigence

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

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Related Words for indigence

destitution, penury

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Word Origin and History for indigence

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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