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- n. The state or characteristic of being or resembling a beggar; destitution.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being beggarly; meanness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being beggarly; extreme poverty; meanness.
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Campaign letters are always at least a little comic -- the faux-personal tone, the formal-informal style, the beggarliness.
Why have we allowed this embarrassing beggarliness to become an annual ritual?
An antenna in me reached out and sensed her beggarliness, her forlorn life.
In fact, in matters of this kind, a man in foreign countries, and especially in the military and naval service of his country, should recollect the effect of this beggarliness on the mind of strangers.
And suddenly the fifty-cent tip previously bestowed upon the servitor seemed, to one unexpectedly fallen heir to the princely fortune then in P. Sybarite's pockets, the very nadir of beggarliness.
But, asks the English tourist impressed by the apparent beggarliness of all he sees, how could the tenant procure a quarter of the money?
Angry duns, beggarliness of income, scarcity of the necessaries and luxuries which dignity of rank demanded, the indifference and slights of one's equals, and the ignoring of one's existence by exalted persons, were all hideous enough to Lord Mount
The search for pleasure at the expense of discomfort, as frantic lovers woo their mistresses to partake the shelter of a but and batten on a crust, Adrian deemed the bitterness of beggarliness.
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