Definition of indigence in English:

indigence

noun

mass noun
  • A state of extreme poverty; destitution.

    ‘he did valuable work towards the relief of indigence’
    • ‘But you have placed yourself in this predicament through bad policy, and your indigence keeps you in it.’
    • ‘For every one rich man there must be at least five hundred poor, and the affluence of the few supposes indigence of the many.’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, given the risk of arbitrary expropriation and extortion, the ordinary people responded by living in studied indigence.’
    • ‘It was really begun by small boys who had very little cord and would put their indigence to rights by recklessly cutting down other people's kites.’
    • ‘The influx of foreign students in the early 1970s transmuted the lives of Kathakali artistes who had known until then only indigence.’
    poverty, penury, impoverishment, impecuniousness, impecuniosity, destitution, pennilessness, privation, hand-to-mouth existence, pauperism
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Pronunciation

indigence

/ˈɪndɪdʒ(ə)ns/