Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Extreme poverty; penury.
  • n. The state or condition of being a beggar.
  • n. Beggars considered as a group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of a beggar; indigence, extreme poverty.
  • n. The fact or action of begging.
  • adj. beggarly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Beggarly.
  • n. The act of begging; the state of being a beggar; mendicancy; extreme poverty.
  • n. Beggarly appearance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Beggarly; poor; mean.
  • 2. Full of weeds.
  • n. The state of a beggar; a condition of extreme indigence.
  • n. The act or practice of begging; the occupation of a beggar; begging.
  • n. Beggars collectively; beggardom; beggarhood.
  • n. A state of bareness or deficiency.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)
  • n. the state of being a beggar or mendicant

Etymologies

From beggar. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "We are too much afraid of what we call beggary," said Adela.

    The Bertrams

  • At 46, Hermann credits most New Orleans-style musicians for his avoidance of a life of beggary, which is why after this Mardi Gras Band tour - watch for new

    JamBase

  • -- for these fellows do not only not know or care for the observance of the city ordinance, which certainly is binding on them, but, relying on a fellow-feeling of vulgarity with the mob, resist all attempts made to remove them from the exercise of their most fearful beggary, which is not even tolerated any longer at Naples.

    Jersey Street and Jersey Lane Urban and Suburban Sketches

  • Yet neither is every kind of beggary an occasion of theft and perjury, as Solomon seems to add

    Summa Theologica, Part III (Tertia Pars) From the Complete American Edition

  • "They might turn us from this shelter, true; they might leave us nothing but charity or beggary, that is sure enough.

    The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance

  • We were in the rags of beggary, prideless in the dust, and yet I was laughing heartily at some mumbled merry quip of the Lady Om when a shadow fell upon us.

    Chapter 15

  • Every effort I made to escape beggary was in the end frustrated by

    Chapter 15

  • To see a once-thriving city reduced to beggary and emptiness, to live one day at a time in point of food and medicine, to see an old European order brutally and efficiently overturned, to notice the utterly casual way in which human life can be snuffed out, and to see war machines wheeling and diving in the overcast sky: such an education!

    The Catastrophist

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