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indigence

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EtymologyEdit

Middle English, late 14th century, from Old French indigence (13th century), from Latin indigentia, from indigentem, form of indigere (to need), from indu (in, within) + egere (be in need, want).[1]

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

NounEdit

indigence (countable and uncountable, plural indigences)

  1. extreme poverty or destitution

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

Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin indigentia.

NounEdit

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

  1. indigence (poverty; lacking)

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