Indigence is a synonym for extreme poverty. If you experience indigence, you have a critical need for food, money, and other resources.

To correctly pronounce indigence, accent the first syllable: "IN-dih-genz." It means "great lack of material resources," like money. Indigence a noun, and indigent, an adjective, are related words that have to do with need. If you are indigent — suffering from extreme poverty — you are living in indigence, the state of extreme poverty.

Definitions of indigence
  1. noun
    a state of extreme poverty or destitution
    “their indigence appalled him”
    synonyms: need, pauperisation, pauperism, pauperization, penury
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    beggary, mendicancy, mendicity
    the state of being a beggar or mendicant
    type of:
    impoverishment, poorness, poverty
    the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
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