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From Middle English indigence, late 14th century, from Old French indigence (13th century), from Latin indigentia, from indigentem, form of indigēre (“to need”), from indu (“in, within”) + egēre (“be in need, want”).
Only relation to antonym affluence is common Latinate suffix + -ence.
indigence (countable and uncountable, plural indigences)
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “indigence”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
From Latin indigentia. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term..
indigence f (plural indigences)
- “indigence”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
From Latin indigentia.
indigence f (oblique plural indigences, nominative singular indigence, nominative plural indigences)
- indigence (poverty; lacking)
- Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (indigence, supplement)
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