English/Spanish Cognate of the Day

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English

indigent n. state of extreme poverty

Spanish

indigencia

Etymology

indigence (n.) Look up indigence at Dictionary.comlate 14c., from Old French indigence “indigence, need, privation” (13c.), from Latin indigentia “need, want; insatiable desire,” from indigentem (nominative indigens), present participle of indigere “to need,” from indu “in, within” + egere “be in need, want,” from PIE *eg- “to lack” (cognates: Old Norse ekla “want, lack,” Old High German eccherode “thin, weak”).

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