1. [syn: destitute, impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Indigent \In"di*gent\, a. [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.]
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: poor enough to need help from others [syn: destitute,
impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
46 Moby Thesaurus words for "indigent":
almsman, almswoman, bankrupt, beggar, beggared, beggarly, bereaved,
bereft, casual, charity case, deprived, destitute, disadvantaged,
down-and-out, down-and-outer, flat broke, fleeced, ghettoized,
hard up, hardcase, impecunious, impoverished, in need, in rags,
in want, mendicant, necessitous, needy, on relief, out at elbows,
pauper, pauperized, penniless, penniless man, penurious, poor,
poor devil, poor man, poorling, poverty-stricken, short,
starveling, strapped, stripped, underprivileged, welfare client