V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: extreme poverty, where basic needs are not met

Synonyms: poverty, hardship, impoverishment, destitution, helplessness

Antonyms: wealth, affluence

Tips: Indigence is derived from the Latin indigentia, which means "neediness." The related adjective indigent describes those who are extremely poor and needy.

Usage Examples:

The indigent man stood on the corner, begging for food. (impoverished, destitute) adjective

He had lived in indigence for so long that he had forgotten what it was like to eat a decent meal. (poverty)

Although the indigent nation received much monetary aid from other countries, its people still starved. (impoverished, destitute) adjective

Though he wasn't wealthy growing up, one wouldn't exactly say that he lived in indigence. (destitution, helplessness)

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