indigence

Part of speech:

Poverty.

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Usage examples "indigence":

  1. He tells me that there are still people desirous to overthrow him; he resolving to stick at nothing nor no person that stands in his way against bringing the King out of debt, be it to retrench any man's place or profit, and that he cares not, for rather than be employed under the King, and have the King continue in this condition of indigence, he desires to be put out from among them, thinking it no honour to be a minister in such a government. - "Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright", Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke.
  2. Laughing Bill was a hopeless idler; he had been born to leisure and was wedded to indigence, therefore he saw a good deal of the girl on her visits. - "Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories", Rex Beach.
  3. It is believed that among the survivors there are some not provided for by existing laws, who are reduced to indigence and even to real distress. - "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.