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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.
Do we really want to encourage habits of mendicancy among our people?
It also seeks to end the culture of mendicancy and political patronage, and in turn, help the country realize the elusive inclusive growth.
Democratic governance promotes a political culture of active citizenship and eschews apathy, indifference and mendicancy.
Pensioners are living in despair and many families have been reduced to mendicancy.
He had no conception of a spiritual mankind rising out of its animal mendicancy by practicing the Golden Rule of non-coercive exchange, each one in this spiritual relationship creating subsistence for many others and being in turn multiply served, thus extending human life progressively towards its immortal dream instead of merely reproducing it in starved and shortened lives.
Decolonisation that is a licence for mendicancy is a misnomer.
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.
One such small famer was Rudolph Franklyn, who had tired of a life of mendicancy which was the only one available to most workers, and joined the movement of the Rastafari.