Definition of indigence in US English:



  • A state of extreme poverty.

    ‘he did valuable work toward the relief of indigence’
    • ‘But you have placed yourself in this predicament through bad policy, and your indigence keeps you in it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    poverty, penury, impoverishment, impecuniousness, impecuniosity, destitution, pennilessness, privation, hand-to-mouth existence, pauperism
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