Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or condition of a beggar; beggarliness.
  • noun The practice of begging; beggary; mendicancy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The practice of begging; the life of a beggar; mendicancy.

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  • noun the state of being a beggar; mendicancy or beggary

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

  • noun the state of being a beggar or mendicant

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Examples

  • We are far enough, in this case, from that mendicity which is understood as a means of existence and the essential condition of a life of idleness.

    Life of St. Francis of Assisi

  • Every country where begging, where mendicity, is a profession, is ill governed.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • The beggars of her neighbourhood avoid her like a pestilence; for while she walks out, protected by John, that domestic has always two or three mendicity tickets ready for deserving objects.

    The Book of Snobs

  • I let faireviews in on slobodens but ranked rothgardes round wrathmindsers: I bathandbaddend on mendicity and I corocured off the unoculated.

    Finnegans Wake

  • Yet there were times, sitting by his bath for hours, when I told him my life—the voyage to Illyria, the inspection of the depots of mendicity and the prisons, my days as the master of appeals—and I found my voice.

    THE DIAMOND

  • That April of 1812 I visited sixty-five cities to inspect the houses of detention and the beggars in the depots of mendicity.

    THE DIAMOND

  • That April of 1812 I visited sixty-five cities to inspect the houses of detention and the beggars in the depots of mendicity.

    THE DIAMOND

  • I returned and the emperor told me he had seen my wife, Henriette, at court, then commanded me off on an inspection trip of the depots of mendicity throughout the empire.

    THE DIAMOND

  • Yet there were times, sitting by his bath for hours, when I told him my life—the voyage to Illyria, the inspection of the depots of mendicity and the prisons, my days as the master of appeals—and I found my voice.

    THE DIAMOND

  • I returned and the emperor told me he had seen my wife, Henriette, at court, then commanded me off on an inspection trip of the depots of mendicity throughout the empire.

    THE DIAMOND

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