mendicant

[men-di-kuhnt]
adjective
1.
begging; practicing begging; living on alms.
2.
pertaining to or characteristic of a beggar.
noun
3.
a person who lives by begging; beggar.
4.
a member of any of several orders of friars that originally forbade ownership of property, subsisting mostly on alms.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Latin mendīcant- (stem of mendīcāns), present participle of mendīcāre to beg, equivalent to mendīc(us) beggarly, needy + -ant- -ant

nonmendicant, adjective
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mendicant (ˈmɛndɪkənt)
 
adj
1.  begging
2.  (of a member of a religious order) dependent on alms for sustenance: mendicant friars
3.  characteristic of a beggar
 
n
4.  a mendicant friar
5.  a less common word for beggar
 
[C16: from Latin mendīcāre to beg, from mendīcus beggar, from mendus flaw]
 
'mendicancy
 
n
 
mendicity
 
n

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mendicant
mid-15c., from L. mendicantem (nom. mendicans) "beggar," prp. of mendicare "to beg," from mendicus "beggar," originally "cripple" (connection via cripples who beg), from menda "fault, physical defect" (see mendacious). Earlier form in M.E. was mendinant (mid-14c.), from
O.Fr. mendinant, prp. of mendiner "to beg," from the same L. source.
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