word of the day: indigent


adjective \ˈin-di-jənt\

: lacking money : very poor

Full Definition of INDIGENT
: suffering from extreme poverty: impoverished

a archaic: deficient

b archaic: totally lacking in something specified
indigent noun
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Examples of INDIGENT

Because he was indigent, the court appointed a lawyer to defend him.
The clinic provides free care for indigent patients.
every day, I fled the house and drove aimlessly over mountain roads that passed by indigent farms and strange, unpainted churches. —Mark Singer, New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2000 & 1 Jan. 2001

Origin of INDIGENT

Middle English, from Middle French, from Old French, from Latin indigent-, indigens, present participle of indigēre to need, from Old Latin indu + Latin egēre to need; perhaps akin to Old High German echerode poor
First Known Use: 15th century
Related to INDIGENT

beggared, beggarly, broke, destitute, dirt-poor, down-and-out, famished, hard up, impecunious, impoverished, poor, necessitous, needful, needy, pauperized, penniless, penurious, poverty-stricken, skint [chiefly British], threadbare

affluent, deep-pocketed, fat, fat-cat, flush, moneyed (also monied), opulent, rich, silk-stocking, wealthy, well-heeled, well-off, well-to-do

Related Words
deprived, disadvantaged, dispossessed, unaffluent, underprivileged; bankrupt, bankrupted, bust (or busted), insolvent; possessionless, ruined; depressed, distressed, hand-to-mouth, hardscrabble, pinched, poorish, reduced, straitened; cash-strapped, low, short, tapped out

Near Antonyms
comfortable, prosperous

Learn More About INDIGENT
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for “indigent”
Spanish Central Translation: “indigent” in Spanish


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