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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 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.