indigent


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in·di·gent

 (ĭn′dĭ-jənt)
adj.
1. Experiencing want or need; impoverished: distributed food to indigent families.
2. Archaic Lacking or deficient.
n.
A poor or destitute person.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin indigēns, indigent-, present participle of indigēre, to need : indu-, in; see en in Indo-European roots + egēre, to lack.]

in′di·gent·ly adv.

indigent

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

in•di•gent

(ˈɪn dɪ dʒənt)

adj.
1. lacking the necessities of life because of poverty; needy; poor; impoverished.
2. Archaic.
a. deficient in what is requisite.
b. destitute (usu. fol. by of).
n.
3. a person who is indigent.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin indigent-, s. of indigēns, present participle of indigēre to need, lack, be poor]
in′di•gent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.indigent - poor enough to need help from others
poor - having little money or few possessions; "deplored the gap between rich and poor countries"; "the proverbial poor artist living in a garret"

indigent

adjective (Formal) destitute, poor, impoverished, needy, penniless, poverty-stricken, down and out, in want, down at heel (informal), impecunious, dirt-poor, straitened, on the breadline, short, flat broke (informal), penurious, necessitous How can we persuade indigent peasants to stop slaughtering wildlife?
rich, wealthy, prosperous, affluent, well-off, well-to-do

indigent

adjectivenoun
An impoverished person:
Translations

indigent

[ˈɪndɪdʒənt] ADJindigente

indigent

indigent

[ˈɪndɪdʒənt] adj (frm) → indigente
References in classic literature ?
Rochester might probably win that noble lady's love, if he chose to strive for it; is it likely he would waste a serious thought on this indigent and insignificant plebeian?
She may probably have already told you that being left by her Parents in indigent Circumstances she had retired into Wales on eoconomical motives.
She had not spirits to notice her in more than a few repulsive looks, but she felt her as a spy, and an intruder, and an indigent niece, and everything most odious.
They exploit for fame or cash the work which has been done by their indigent and unknown brethren.
Moreover, as an oligarchy is said to be a government of men of family, fortune, and education; so, on the contrary, a democracy is a government in the hands of men of no birth, indigent circumstances, and mechanical employments.
We see the diffident young man, mild of moustache, affluent of hair, indigent of brain, elegant of costume, drive up to her father's mansion, tell his hackman to bail out and wait, start fearfully up the steps and meet "the old gentleman" right on the threshold
He had visited the houses of the poor in the various districts of London, and had found them destitute of the slightest vestige of a muffin, which there appeared too much reason to believe some of these indigent persons did not taste from year's end to year's end.
Perhaps from contrast with the magnificent polish of the room and the neatness of its owner, he struck me as dingy, indigent, and, if not exactly humble, then much subdued by evil fortune.
But all here were free from such impertinence, not only those whose company is in all other places esteemed a favour from their equality of fortune, but even those whose indigent circumstances make such an eleemosynary abode convenient to them, and who are therefore less welcome to a great man's table because they stand in need of it.
And meantime the Chief Inspector went on, peering at the table with a calm face and the slightly anxious attention of an indigent customer bending over what may be called the by-products of a butcher's shop with a view to an inexpensive Sunday dinner.
The windows without curtains had an indigent, sleepless look.
The indigent blind of that state are admitted gratuitously.

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