indigent

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Indigent \In"di*gent\, adjective [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.]

1. Wanting; void; free; destitute; -- used with of. [Obs.] --Bacon.

2. Destitute of property or means of comfortable subsistence; needy; poor; in want; necessitous.

Indigent faint souls past corporal toil. --Shak.

Charity consists in relieving the indigent. --Addison.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

indigent

adjective

1: poor enough to need help from others [syn: {destitute}, {impoverished}, {indigent}, {necessitous}, {needy}, {poverty-stricken}]


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