noun in·di·gence \ˈin-di-jən(t)s\

Definition of INDIGENCE

:  a level of poverty in which real hardship and deprivation are suffered and comforts of life are wholly lacking

Examples of INDIGENCE

  1. <there are various state and federal programs to help relieve indigence>

First Known Use of INDIGENCE

14th century

Synonym Discussion of INDIGENCE

poverty, indigence, penury, want, destitution mean the state of one with insufficient resources. poverty may cover a range from extreme want of necessities to an absence of material comforts <the extreme poverty of the slum dwellers>. indigence implies seriously straitened circumstances <the indigence of her years as a graduate student>. penury suggests a cramping or oppressive lack of money <a catastrophic illness that condemned them to years of penury>. want and destitution imply extreme poverty that threatens life itself through starvation or exposure <lived in a perpetual state of want> <the widespread destitution in countries beset by famine>.


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