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  • n. the state of being a beggar; mendicancy or beggary

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. the state of being a beggar or mendicant


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  • 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

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

    Finnegans Wake

  • 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

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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • If I had gone merely to visit him, all the goods would have been expended by the time I returned to Cabango; and we had not found mendicity so pleasant on our way to the north as to induce us to desire to return to it.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • My lord, with forty thousand a year; Sir John, with property in half a dozen counties — those are the men who never forgive the genteel beggar for swindling them out of a sovereign; those are the men who send for the mendicity officers; those are the men who take care of their money.

    No Name

  • These Bedouins also rear a few sheep; but although poor, they keep themselves quite distinct from the lower classes of the Mekkawys, whom they scorn to imitate in their habits of mendicity.

    Travels in Arabia


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