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indigent

[in-di-juh nt] /ˈɪn dɪ dʒənt/
adjective
1.
lacking food, clothing, and other necessities of life because of poverty; needy; poor; impoverished.
2.
Archaic.
  1. deficient in what is requisite.
  2. destitute (usually followed by of).
noun
3.
a person who is indigent.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin indigent- (stem of indigēns) present participle of indigēre to need, lack, be poor, equivalent to ind- by-form of in- in-2 (cf. indagate) + -ig- (combining form of egēre to need, lack) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
indigently, adverb
Can be confused
indigence, indigents.
indigent, indignant.
Synonyms
1. necessitous, penurious, distressed.
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indigent

/ˈɪndɪdʒənt/
adjective
1.
so poor as to lack even necessities; very needy
2.
(usually foll by of) (archaic) lacking (in) or destitute (of)
noun
3.
an impoverished person
Derived Forms
indigence, noun
indigently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin indigēre to need, from egēre to lack
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Word Origin and History for indigent of
indigent
c.1400, from Fr. indigent, from L. indigentem (see indigence).
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