mendicancy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mendicancy a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)
    • n mendicancy the state of being a beggar or mendicant "they were reduced to mendicancy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mendicancy The condition of being mendicant; beggary; begging.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mendicancy The condition of being a mendicant; the state of beggary, or the act of begging.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Mendicancy the state of being a mendicant or beggar: the life of a beggar
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. mendicans, -antis, pr.p. of mendicāre, to beg—mendicus, a beggar.

Usage

In literature:

It did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the lookout for the mendicancy squad.
"Americans All" by Various
Colleges yet pay no taxes and are also quasi-mendicant institutions.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
The circuit rider is not only a priest to his people, but he is a good deal of a mendicant besides.
"A Circuit Rider's Wife" by Corra Harris
Most monasteries have been mendicant institutions.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
A nickel was bestowed upon the blind mendicant.
"The Telegraph Boy" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
The mendicant orders.+ The mendicant orders responded to the deepest popular faiths and highest standards of the thirteenth century.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Some dole from ev'ry suitor; bashful fear Ill suits the mendicant by want oppress'd.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
The traveller could scarcely make his way through the press of holy mendicants and not less holy bulls.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
He never could be made to feel that by these spontaneous generosities he was encouraging thriftlessness and mendicancy.
"Booker T. Washington" by Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
Beggars, mendicants, and priests were abundantly in evidence.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
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In poetry:

Superior,
I pass you by:
Tattered mendicant,
You ... or I?
"Mendicant" by Jewell Miller
Yet have my thoughts for thee been vigilant,
Bound to thy service with unceasing care--
The mind's least generous wish a mendicant
For nought but what thy happiness could spare.
"To A Distant Friend" by William Wordsworth
For being the cause of her father's death, the generous Fred,
Who oft poor artists and mendicants has fed;
But, alas! his bounties they will never receive more,
Therefore poor artists and mendicants will his loss deplore.
"The Death of Fred Marsden, the American Playwright" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then the rich man ordered the body to be brought to his house
And to be instantly dressed by his loving spouse,
For his conscience smote him with fear and woe,
When he heard of the old mendicant being found dead in the snow.
"The Death of the Old Mendicant" by William Topaz McGonagall
My limbs are tired, I cannot go away,
Oh! be so kind as let me stay.
'Twas vain! the rich man said, I shan't,
And shut his door on the mendicant,
And said, That is the way I'll serve the poor
While I live on this lonely moor.
"The Death of the Old Mendicant" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then the mendicant unto him said,
My dear sir, be not afraid,
Pray give me lodgings for the night,
And heaven will your love requite;
Have pity on me, for I am tired and footsore,
I have travelled fifteen miles to-day and more.
"The Death of the Old Mendicant" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The nation's menu of crises caused by governmental malpractice may soon include states coming to Congress as mendicants, seeking relief from the consequences of their choices.
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