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 for indigence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Indigence \In"di*gence\, n. [L. indigentia: cf. F. indigence.
     See Indigent.]
     The condition of being indigent; lack of estate, or means of
     comfortable subsistence; penury; poverty; as, helpless
     indigence. --Cowper.
     Syn: Poverty; penury; destitution; want; need; privation;
          lack. See Poverty.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence
           appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the
           homeless" [syn: indigence, need, penury, pauperism,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  26 Moby Thesaurus words for "indigence":
     bare cupboard, bare subsistence, beggarliness, beggary,
     deprivation, destitution, empty purse, grinding poverty, gripe,
     hand-to-mouth existence, homelessness, impecuniousness,
     impoverishment, lack, mendicancy, moneylessness, necessitousness,
     necessity, need, neediness, pauperism, pauperization, penury,
     pinch, privation, want

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