indigent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj indigent poor enough to need help from others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indigent Destitute of property or means of comfortable subsistence; needy; poor; in want; necessitous. "Indigent faint souls past corporal toil.""Charity consists in relieving the indigent ."
    • Indigent Wanting; void; free; destitute; -- used with of.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • indigent Wanting; lacking: followed by of.
    • indigent Lacking means of comfortable subsistence or support; wanting necessary resources; needy; poor.
    • indigent Synonyms Destitute, necessitous, reduced.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Indigent in′di-jent in need of anything: destitute of means of subsistence: poor
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Quotations

  • Jean De La Bruyere
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    “Jesting is often only indigence of intellect.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. indigent, L. indigens, p. p. of indigere, to stand in need of, fr. OL. indu,fr. in-, in) + L. egere, to be needy, to need
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. indigens, -entis, pr.p. of indigĕreindu, or in, in, egēre, to need.

Usage

In literature:

There are sixty-six scholarships for the aid of indigent students, and also premium, prize, and aid funds, amounting to $40,000.
"The New England Magazine, Volume 1, No. 1, January 1886" by Various
They have been a sign of its indigence from its earliest to the present day.
"The New England Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, February, 1886." by Various
Injustice, by reducing indigence to despair, drives it to seek in crime resources against the woes of life.
"Diderot and the Encyclopædists" by John Morley
The Queen was especially disposed to touch indigent persons, who were unable to pay for private treatment.
"Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery" by Robert Means Lawrence
Opulence and indigence were no more sympathetic than oil and vinegar.
"A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike" by Charles King
Two-thirds of all the applicants for relief at the Hospital for the Indigent Blind had lost their sight by small-pox.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
Adjoining the Infirmary is an Asylum for the reception of indigent Lunatics.
"A Walk through Leicester being a Guide to Strangers" by Susanna Watts
Upon this increase of income it was that my friends established the community of indigent gentlewomen, which gave you so much pleasure.
"A Description of Millenium Hall" by Sarah Scott
That is the veritable fact; and he indigent, like others that are not indigent, acts conformably thereto.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
Her parents were old and indigent, unable to more than house her for a few days at a time.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson
Perhaps one of the numerous indigent gentlewomen that formed so large and so important a part of the population of Dinwiddie?
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
Being poor and indigent, to grant benefits is difficult.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
But what return can I make Thee, being of myself insolvent, indigent, and miserable?
"Mary, Help of Christians" by Various
Where, indeed, were the means by which Alida was to be shielded from indigence, if connected with his fortunes?
"Alida" by Amelia Stratton Comfield
I am indigent, thou art liberal.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
In all these points of view, from indigence is to be traced the great Origin and the Progress of Crimes.
"A Treatise on the Police of the Metropolis" by Patrick Colquhoun
It is impossible effectually to teach an indigent population.
"A Few Words About the Devil" by Charles Bradlaugh
Thus in a moment was this man thrown from the summit of affluence to the lowest indigence.
"Ormond, Volume I (of 3)" by Charles Brockden Brown
To have found her friendless and indigent, accorded, with the most fortunate exactness, with his views.
"Ormond, Volume II (of 3)" by Charles Brockden Brown
Goldsmith said that the nakedness of the indigent world might be clothed with the trimmings of the vain.
"The Bible and Life" by Edwin Holt Hughes
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In poetry:

O blest the land! where all to Thee
A tender homage pay!
Where indigence and wealth agree
To venerate thy sway!
"Two Hymns" by William Hayley
For charity, angelic power!
Thy fav'rite delegate below!
Makes industry, our peaceful dower!
A guard from indigence and woe.
"Two Hymns" by William Hayley
More gains shall to the charitable soul
Accrue, who did the indigent relieve,
Than to the needy, who receiv'd the dole:
Since, for a little, he shall much receive.
"Advice To Distribute To The Poor, According To Every One's Circumstances And Abilities" by Rees Prichard
I've seen the rich oft beg from door to door,
Because they did the indigent aggrieve;
But never did I see him truly poor,
Or much distress'd, who did the poor relieve.
"Advice To Distribute To The Poor, According To Every One's Circumstances And Abilities" by Rees Prichard
Christ made us stewards of his treasures, here
Which we are bound to deal among the poor;
Then let us freely, lest we vex him, share
Among the weak and indigent our store.
"Advice To Distribute To The Poor, According To Every One's Circumstances And Abilities" by Rees Prichard
Bless'd, too, is he whose evening ramble strays
Where droop the sons of Indigence and Care!
His little gifts their gladden'd eyes amaze,
And win, at small expence, their fondest prayer!
"Elegy XXV. To Delia, With Some Flowers" by William Shenstone

In news:

Charities will soon be allowed to post bail for the poor and indigent.
Over the last two years, Connie Wright scrubbed bathrooms, made beds, and mopped up at Burlington County's century-old nursing home for the indigent.
House approves an overhaul of indigent defense.
Indigent Defense Commission one step closer to reality.
When the County Legislature's Agenda/Charter Committee meets this afternoon, it'll take up a Democratic referral regarding indigent burials.
Snyder orders review of indigent defense.
ACLU of Michigan's Michael Steinberg on Indigent Defense.
The Jefferson County Commission this morning approved a new plan for indigent care on a vote of 3-2.
Jefferson County commissioners are jumping the gun in voting to end inpatient care at Cooper Green without discussing proposals for indigent care.
Memphis public defenders join movement to reform indigent clients.
Lucie County leaders see better days for indigent youth.
The Jefferson County Commission wants an investigation into the county's indigent care fund, which primarily pays for operations at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital.
Commission Recommends Agency to Oversee Indigent Defense.
The King County Medical Examiner's Office will bury the remains of 154 indigent people this afternoon.
The state voted to increase welfare payments to indigents.
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In science:

If χ is the amount of some natural resource to be shared between infinitely many agents on the market, ǫ stands for the minimal individual wealth below which each agent should be considered as indigent (e.g. below the poverty line).
Random Partitioning Problems Involving Poisson Point Processes On The Interval
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