In·di·gence n. The condition of being indigent; lack of estate, or means of comfortable subsistence; penury; poverty; as, helpless indigence.
Syn: -- Poverty; penury; destitution; want; need; privation; lack. See Poverty.
n : a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence
appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the
homeless" [syn: need, penury, beggary, pauperism,