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indigence (noun) poverty.
A person lives in indigence if they live in poverty, if they are too poor even to afford a meal. Indigence forces people to beg, borrow or steel. That is, when people are poor they are tempted to beg, borrow, or steal.
- Until Europe emerged as a major industrial power in the 19th and the 20th centuries, most European countries had lived in indigence until industrial growth freed them from poverty.
- We are certainly far from realizing Nelson Mandela’s dream of making indigence a thing of the past all over the world, but reaching such a stage is worth trying.