indigent [in-di-juh nt]
1. lacking food, clothing, and other necessities of life because of poverty; needy; poor; impoverished.
a. deficient in what is requisite.
b. destitute (usually followed by of).
3. a person who is indigent.
Can be confused
1. necessitous, penurious, distressed.
Origin: 1350-1400; Middle English < Latin indigent- (stem of indigēns) present participle of indigēre to need, lack, be poor, equivalent to ind- by-form of in- in-(cf. indagate ) + -ig- (combining form of egēre to need, lack) + -ent- -ent
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