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1. Extreme poverty; penury.
2. The state or condition of being a beggar.
3. Beggars considered as a group.


1. extreme poverty or need
2. the condition of being a beggar


(ˈbɛg ə ri)

1. a state or condition of utter poverty or of being a beggar.
2. beggars collectively.


 beggars collectively, 1615. Also beggardom, 1884; beggarhood, 1843.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beggary - a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)beggary - a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)
solicitation - an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status; "a solicitation to the king for relief"
2.beggary - the state of being a beggar or mendicantbeggary - the state of being a beggar or mendicant; "they were reduced to mendicancy"
indigence, pauperism, pauperization, penury, need - a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless"


2. The condition of being a beggar:


[ˈbegərɪ] N (frm) → mendicidad f
to reduce to beggaryreducir a la miseria


nBettelarmut f; (= beggars)Bettler pl, → Bettelvolk nt; to have been reduced to beggarybettelarm sein
References in classic literature ?
Whenever he met with them, however, they had always a large suite of half-starved dogs: for these animals, in savage as well as in civilized life, seem to be the concomitants of beggary.
I answered, "that his excellency's prudence, quality, and fortune, had exempted him from those defects, which folly and beggary had produced in others.
Such appellants, unsupported by money, interest, or power, seldom make out a very strong case for reparation of any sort, in this righteous world of ours, and had it not been for the goodness of the dauphine it is probable that the vicomtesse and her grand-daughter would have been reduced to downright beggary.
It was true that the association with this man had been fatal to him-- true that if he had had the thousand pounds still in his hands with all his debts unpaid he would have returned the money to Bulstrode, and taken beggary rather than the rescue which had been sullied with the suspicion of a bribe (for, remember, he was one of the proudest among the sons of men)--nevertheless, he would not turn away from this crushed fellow-mortal whose aid he had used, and make a pitiful effort to get acquittal for himself by howling against another.
Then some left their homes and went away to seek new masters who would be willing to pay more, while others took to a life of wandering beggary.
The thoughts of leaving her almost rent his heart asunder; but the consideration of reducing her to ruin and beggary still racked him, if possible, more; and if the violent desire of possessing her person could have induced him to listen one moment to this alternative, still he was by no means certain of her resolution to indulge his wishes at so high an expense.
There was nothing but immediate beggary before her.
continued the queen, without restraining her tears, "it is better to fight as the king has done, and to die, as perhaps he will, than live in beggary like me.
Take all that you have asked,'' said he, ``Sir Knight take ten times more reduce me to ruin and to beggary, if thou wilt, nay, pierce me with thy poniard, broil me on that furnace, but spare my daughter, deliver her in safety and honour
His noble bearing disposed some people in his favour, while others on the contrary seemed pleased at the sight of a gentleman who had come to beggary.
Maud, being relieved from the fear of back-door beggary, soon became reconciled to bankruptcy; thought it rather a good joke, on the whole, for children like novelty, and don't care much for Mrs.
The rigid formality of the place suffocated her: the prayers and the meals, the lessons and the walks, which were arranged with a conventual regularity, oppressed her almost beyond endurance; and she looked back to the freedom and the beggary of the old studio in Soho with so much regret, that everybody, herself included, fancied she was consumed with grief for her father.