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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.
Let us give over this mendicancy. Let us even bid our dearest friends farewell, and defy them, saying, 'Who are you?
Let's not allow the fragmentation of our country into 'political fiefdoms', neither shall we allow all types of warlordism and mendicancy!
THE menace of mendicancy gains boost during the second half of Ramazan.
The menace of mendicancy is rife in almost all cities of the county but it gains a great swing during second half of Ramadan.
Second, the electorate must be educated on how populist politics encourages the culture of mendicancy and gives rise to strong leaders with a misplaced messiah complex.
The story opens with elderly aching Sister Saint Savior on a cold and damp February twilight as she makes her way back to the convent after a day of mendicancy with a basket of meager offerings.
Domingo said the 'vicious cycle of mendicancy' continues with their use of old technology in planting and harvesting rice.
Generoso: Una, tutulan ko muna 'yung pagsasabatas ng 4Ps, dahil pag sinabatas natin 'yan mag-tuturo lang tayo ng mendicancy sa ating mga mamamayan.
The rescue operations complied with Presidential Decree 1563, or the Mendicancy Law of 1978, he said.