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1. Of, relating to, or befitting a beggar; very poor: a beggarly existence in the slums.
2. So mean, petty, or paltry as to deserve contempt.

beg′gar·li·ness n.
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The knowledge that we have gained will lead us to poverty and beggarliness.
The move gracefully counters rampant beggarliness within the kindred without having actually to say so.
For medieval Christians beggarly "womanish" reception, far from constituting a demeaningly powerless passivity, represented the best way to be empowered, to be activated for the limitless beggarliness of kenotic caritas, to be empowered for the fullest form of imitatio Christi.