indigence

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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).[1]

Only relation to antonym affluence is common Latinate suffix +‎ -ence.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɪndɪd͡ʒəns/
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Noun[edit]

indigence (countable and uncountable, plural indigences)

  1. extreme poverty or destitution

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “indigence”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin indigentia. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

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Noun[edit]

indigence f (plural indigences)

  1. indigence

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin indigentia.

Noun[edit]

indigence f (oblique plural indigences, nominative singular indigence, nominative plural indigences)

  1. indigence (poverty; lacking)

Descendants[edit]

  • English: indigence
  • French: indigence

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