• WordNet 3.6
    • adj mendicant practicing beggary "mendicant friars"
    • n mendicant a pauper who lives by begging
    • n mendicant a male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mendicant A beggar; esp., one who makes a business of begging; specifically, a begging friar.
    • a Mendicant Practicing beggary; begging; living on alms; as, mendicant friars.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mendicant Begging; reduced to a condition of beggary
    • mendicant Practising beggary; living by alms or doles: as, a mendicant friar. See friar.
    • n mendicant A beggar; one who lives by asking alms; especially, a member of a begging order or fraternity; a begging friar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Mendicant men′di-kant in the condition of a beggar: practising beggary
    • n Mendicant one who is in extreme want: a beggar: a member of one of the R.C. orders who live by begging: a begging friar
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. mendicans, -antis, p. pr. of mendicare, to beg, fr. mendicus, beggar, indigent


In literature:

And yet for some of them this life of brawls and vodka, of theft and mendicancy, is a very hell.
"Maxim Gorki" by Hans Ostwald
In a daze, the mendicant followed his rescuer.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
The carving of the mendicant, which comes on the other side, is equally vivid in its truth to nature.
"Wood-Carving" by George Jack
He must demonstrate capacity and independence, because mendicancy is always destructive.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
While, from the mystics of that date, valuable works have been preserved, what has been left us from these mendicant orders?
"Mysticism and its Results" by John Delafield
In order to prevent his being recognized she caused him to assume the form of an aged mendicant.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
In a way of speaking, this mendicant of Coney Island was perhaps of this class.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
Compared with Candaules, Midas, who changed all things to gold, were only a mendicant as poor as Irus.
"King Candaules" by Théophile Gautier
In passing the coins their eyes met, and the mendicant started.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
With bowl in hand, a homeless mendicant?
"The Buddha" by Paul Carus
He writes polished letters full of mythology and modest mendicity.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
Monks and Mendicant Friars.
"The Works of William Shakespeare [Cambridge Edition] [9 vols.]" by William Shakespeare
As she came closer to him, the mendicant acted very strangely.
"Monte-Cristo's Daughter" by Edmund Flagg
He had a smile for all; of superiority for the bloated aristocrat; of friendliness for the humble, yet perchance worthy mendicant.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
So strong is the pride of race among them that they do not tolerate any mendicancy among their own people.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
The rest of his inglorious reign was spent by Baldwin in mendicant tours in western Europe.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Moreover you're encouraging mendicancy and superstition.
"A Modern Symposium" by G. Lowes Dickinson
Mendicancy is not estimable.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Your pet Homer was a mendicant.
"Daisy's Necklace" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
These presentation-copies were sent round to the chiefs of the party, with a mendicant's petition, of which some still exist.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli

In poetry:

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
So the poor old mendicant was buried without delay
In a very respectable way,
And from that very day the rich man was kind to the poor
And never turned any one away from his door.
"The Death of the Old Mendicant" by William Topaz McGonagall
Unto me! but had the Vision
Come to him in beggar's clothing,
Come a mendicant imploring,
Would he then have knelt adoring,
Or have listened with derision,
And have turned away with loathing.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : The Theologian's Tale; The Legend Beautiful" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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
'Twas on a stormy night, and Boreas blew a bitter blast,
And the snowflakes they fell thick and fast,
When a poor old mendicant, tired and footsore,
Who had travelled that day fifteen miles and more,
Knocked loudly at the rich man's door.
"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.