- A state of extreme poverty; destitution: he did valuable work towards the relief of indigenceMore example sentences
poverty, penury, impoverishment, impecuniousness, impecuniosity, destitution, pennilessness, privation, hand-to-mouth existence, pauperism; insolvency, bankruptcy, ruin, ruination; need, neediness, want, reduced/straitened/narrow circumstances, dire straits, deprivation, disadvantage, hardship, distress, financial distress, difficulties; beggary, mendicancy, vagrancy• rare pauperdom
- But you have placed yourself in this predicament through bad policy, and your indigence keeps you in it.
- Unsurprisingly, given the risk of arbitrary expropriation and extortion, the ordinary people responded by living in studied indigence.
- It was really begun by small boys who had very little cord and would put their indigence to rights by recklessly cutting down other people's kites.