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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Definitions for indigence

  1. A state of extreme poverty or destitution.

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Citations for indigence
He is ever a handful of pocket change away from utter indigence. Sven Birkerts, New York Times
The lean and hungry, unkempt, and addled look I'd cultivated throughout my twenties was beginning to read like desperation and indigence as I stepped into my mid-thirties. Stephen McCauley, The Man of the House
Origin of indigence
Indigence comes from Latin indigentia, "neediness," from indigens, indigent- present participle of indigere to be in need of, from Latin indu (archaic form of in-), "in" + egere "to be needy, to need, to lack." The adjective form is indigent.