indigent

An indigent person is extremely poor, lacking the basic resources of a normal life. Often the indigent lack not only money but homes.

Indigent comes from a Latin word meaning wanting, which we used to use to mean “lacking” and not just to describe desires. Homeless shelters, soup kitchens, free medical clinics and court-appointed lawyers are all institutions that our society has developed to help indigent people.

Definitions of indigent
  1. adjective
    poor enough to need help from others
    synonyms: destitute, impoverished, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken
    poor
    having little money or few possessions
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