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English Dictionary: indigence by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
indigence
n
  1. a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless"
    Synonym(s): indigence, need, penury, pauperism, pauperization
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Indigence \In"di*gence\, n. [L. indigentia: cf. F. indigence.
      See {Indigent}.]
      The condition of being indigent; want of estate, or means of
      comfortable subsistence; penury; poverty; as, helpless,
      indigence. --Cowper.
  
      Syn: Poverty; penury; destitution; want; need; privation;
               lack. See {Poverty}.
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