indigence


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in·di·gence

 (ĭn′dĭ-jəns)
n.
The state of being poor; poverty.

in•di•gence

(ˈɪn dɪ dʒəns)

n.
seriously impoverished condition; poverty.
[1325–75; Middle English < Latin indigentia need. See indigent, -ence]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.indigence - a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless"
impoverishment, poorness, poverty - the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
mendicancy, mendicity, beggary - the state of being a beggar or mendicant; "they were reduced to mendicancy"

indigence

noun
Translations

indigence

[ˈɪndɪdʒəns] Nindigencia f

indigence

nBedürftigkeit f, → Armut f
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A HEAVY Operator overtaken by a Reverse of Fortune was bewailing his sudden fall from affluence to indigence.
In spite of the improvements and additions which were making to the Norland estate, and in spite of its owner having once been within some thousand pounds of being obliged to sell out at a loss, nothing gave any symptom of that indigence which he had tried to infer from it;-- no poverty of any kind, except of conversation, appeared-- but there, the deficiency was considerable.
I find a source of delicious sympathy in these faithful pictures of a monotonous homely existence, which has been the fate of so many more among my fellow-mortals than a life of pomp or of absolute indigence, of tragic suffering or of world-stirring actions.
The luxury of one class is counterbalanced by the indigence of another.
'If I ever owed a strict and rigid duty to her, whose goodness saved me from a life of indigence and suffering, when should I ever feel it, as I should to-night?
Reuben Rosenthall had made his millions on the diamond fields of South Africa, and had come home to enjoy them according to his lights; how he went to work will scarcely be forgotten by any reader of the halfpenny evening papers, which revelled in endless anecdotes of his original indigence and present prodigality, varied with interesting particulars of the extraordinary establishment which the millionaire set up in St.
Did our birth fall in some fit of indigence and frugality in nature, that she was so sparing of her fire and so liberal of her earth that it appears to us that we lack the affirmative principle, and though we have health and reason, yet we have no superfluity of spirit for new creation?
I was rich enough now--yet poor to hideous indigence: a nature the most gross, impure, depraved I ever saw, was associated with mine, and called by the law and by society a part of me.
Families lose breadwinners, plunging them back to a state of indigence and eventually defeating government efforts of poverty alleviation'', he said.
L'Union Europeenne, serait-elle pour quelque chose, dans cette indigence effroyable ?
And since most of that wealth is concentrated in a few elite hands, total indigence of half the populations is assured.That is why the gap between the wealthy and the poor keeps widening in the continent, but as far as the rest of the world is concerned, we deliberately mismanage our economies only to flock to Europe to look for menial jobs, or to Arab countries to clean other people's filthy underwear.