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1. Depending on alms for a living; practicing begging.
2. Of or relating to religious orders whose members are forbidden to own property individually or in common and must work or beg for their livings.
1. A beggar.
2. A member of a mendicant order.

[Middle English mendicaunt, from Latin mendīcāns, mendīcant-, present participle of mendīcāre, to beg, from mendīcus, needy, beggar, from mendum, physical defect.]

men′di·can·cy, men·dic′i·ty (-dĭs′ĭ-tē) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mendicancy - the state of being a beggar or mendicantmendicancy - 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.mendicancy - a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)mendicancy - 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"


The condition of being a beggar:


[ˈmendɪkənsɪ] Nmendicidad f
References in classic literature ?
It did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the lookout for the mendicancy squad.
Mrs Wilfer's first visit to the Mendicant's bride at the new abode of Mendicancy, was a grand event.
The woman, who entered the UAE on tourist visa, was sitting on the ground preying on people's emotions and humanitarian spirit, seeking alms through mendicancy to provide for her daughter's wedding expenses in her home country.
In this way, Bonaventure articulates a vision equally radical to that proposed by the school of arts--that the life of holy mendicancy provides a better context for study than the natural philosophical life the masters in the school of arts offered.
However, militant groups criticised the Philippine government's CCT project as promoting dole-outs, mendicancy, political patronage, and corruption.
They do so with all the more alacrity because granting council program and policy changes increasingly reward adoption of such standards, given the market values informing, for example, SSHRC's 2004 mission statement, "From Granting Council to Knowledge Council": a document that reflects, in Len Findlay's words, the "retooling of academic mendicancy to meet the demands" of a "new usury" driven by "business" agendas, within a "narrowly utilitarian" framework (51).
Carr, Ending the Hermit Kingdom's Belligerent Mendicancy, 6 ASIA PAC.
Aiming for an expanded and more nuanced understanding of religious orders that exist by means of alms or begging, this collection offers a close look at the origins and foundations of mendicancy, the development and articulation of mendicant ideals, and the function of mendicancy in the context of economic realities.
This is when the out-of-work fishermen leave their homes in droves to take up mendicancy, drinking arrack and wandering the streets of the city for alms.
no matter how much a leader writer insisted that it was Britain's duty to aid famine-stricken Ireland, such aid was hardly ever offered unconditionally; British magnanimity was limited by the need to guard against never-ending Irish mendicancy.
See Susan Schweik, "Begging the Question: Disability, Mendicancy, Speech and the Law," Narrative 15 no.