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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.
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2. (Roman Catholic Church) (of a member of a religious order) dependent on alms for sustenance: mendicant friars.
3. characteristic of a beggar
4. (Roman Catholic Church) a mendicant friar
5. a less common word for beggar
[C16: from Latin mendīcāre to beg, from mendīcus beggar, from mendus flaw]
ˈmendicancy, mendicity n
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men•di•cant(ˈmɛn dɪ kənt)
1. begging; living on alms.
2. pertaining to or characteristic of a beggar.
3. of or pertaining to various religious orders, as the Dominicans or the Franciscans, that combine the monastic life with an active ministry in teaching or preaching and that originally owned neither personal nor community property, living chiefly on alms.n.
4. a person who lives by begging; beggar.
5. a mendicant friar.
[1425–75; < Latin mendīcant-, s. of mendīcāns, present participle of mendīcāre to beg, derivative of mendīcus beggarly; see -ant]
men′di•can•cy, men•dic′i•ty (-ˈdɪs ɪ ti) n.
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|Noun||1.||mendicant - a male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms|
religious - a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience
Carmelite, White Friar - a Roman Catholic friar wearing the white cloak of the Carmelite order; mendicant preachers
Black Friar, Blackfriar, Dominican, friar preacher - a Roman Catholic friar wearing the black mantle of the Dominican order
Augustinian - a Roman Catholic friar or monk belonging to one of the Augustinian monastic orders
|2.||mendicant - a pauper who lives by begging |
beggarman - a man who is a beggar
beggarwoman - a woman who is a beggar
panhandler - a beggar who approaches strangers asking for money
pauper - a person who is very poor
|Adj.||1.||mendicant - practicing beggary; "mendicant friars"|
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