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

n a state of extreme poverty or destitution

“their indigence appalled him”
need, pauperisation, pauperism, pauperization, penury
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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