indigence

[in-di-juhns]
noun
seriously impoverished condition; poverty.

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

indigence, indigents.


privation, need, want, penury.


wealth.
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indigent (ˈɪndɪdʒənt)
 
adj
1.  so poor as to lack even necessities; very needy
2.  archaic (usually foll by of) lacking (in) or destitute (of)
 
n
3.  an impoverished person
 
[C14: from Latin indigēre to need, from egēre to lack]
 
'indigence
 
n
 
'indigently
 
adv

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indigence
late 14c., from O.Fr. indigence (13c.), from L. indigentia, from indigentem (nom. indigens), prp. of indigere "to need," from indu "in, within" + egere "be in need, want."
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Example sentences
He is ever a handful of pocket change away from utter indigence.
The coastal counties have lots of people on indigence.
As you can see, these hands belong to an old and impoverished individual who
  can behold nothing but misery and indigence.
Indigence cast a shadow over everything he attempted.
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