Definitions of indigence

  1. a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The state of being destitute or very poor; poverty; want. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. Want of means: extreme poverty. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

Usage examples for indigence

  1. I can at least be honestly silent; and " bear my indigence with dignity," as you once said. – The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol II. by Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. Shall you be concerned in tearing the hard- earned morsel from the mouth of indigence – The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smollett