Definitions for mendicancy-ˈdɪs ɪ ti
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men•di•cantˈmɛn dɪ kənt(adj.)
begging; living on alms.
pertaining to or characteristic of a beggar.
of or pertaining to various religious orders, as the Dominicans or the Franciscans, that combine the monastic life with an active ministry in teaching or preaching and that originally owned neither personal nor community property, living chiefly on alms.
(n.)a person who lives by begging; beggar.
a mendicant friar.
Origin of mendicant:
1425–75; < L mendīcant-, s. of mendīcāns, prp. of mendīcāre to beg, der. of mendīcus beggarly; see -ant
men′di•can•cy-ˈdɪs ɪ ti(n.)
men•dic′i•ty-ˈdɪs ɪ ti(n.)
beggary, mendicancy, mendicity(noun)
the state of being a beggar or mendicant
"they were reduced to mendicancy"
beggary, begging, mendicancy(noun)
a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)
The act or state of being a mendicant
the condition of being mendicant; beggary; begging
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