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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.mendicity - the state of being a beggar or mendicantmendicity - 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"


The condition of being a beggar:


[menˈdɪsɪtɪ] N (frm) → mendicidad f
References in classic literature ?
My lord, with forty thousand a year; Sir John, with property in half a dozen counties -- those are the men who never forgive the genteel beggar for swindling them out of a sovereign; those are the men who send for the mendicity officers; those are the men who take care of their money.
Mendicity on commission stooped in their high shoulders, shambled in their unsteady legs, buttoned and pinned and darned and dragged their clothes, frayed their button-holes, leaked out of their figures in dirty little ends of tape, and issued from their mouths in alcoholic breathings.
The "latent" and "stagnant" reserves of proletarians were regulated, in part, by the institutions designed to control mendicity and emigration.
To my mind this is one of the most impressive chapters of the book, offering insightful detail into the cultural production of mendicity in the metropolis.
and Mendicity in Seventeenth-Century France," International Review
to Enquire into the State of Mendicity and Vagrancy in the Metropolis (London, 1815), 69-71 ("those sailors who may be seen about dragging a ship"), 76-81.
In her epilogue, Pugliatti takes up the prevailing contemporary view that the poor, no longer sharply divided between the genuinely impotent to be helped and the idly able-bodied to be condemned, count as failures in the social order that point to the incoherence or immorality of that order: "anxiety about mendicity has now become part of the guilty conscience which involves all of us as regards the great dichotomies which dominate the world and about which we are unable, or unwilling, to envisage effective remedies" (191).
Your mendacious tool of tongue magnified auscultation worked my mendicity.
The insurgents had seized buildings on both sides of the Liffey in the vicinity of the barracks and a group of about twenty men under Sean Heuston occupied the Mendicity Institution on the south side, thus preventing troops moving along the northern quays toward another insurgent stronghold at the Four Courts.
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Almshouses were endowed in Quebec, Trois Rivieres, and Montreal; a General Hospital was established at Quebec to cope with the growing problem of mendicity.