mendicity

mendicity

[men-dis-i-tee]
noun

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English mendicite < Latin mendīcitās beggary, equivalent to mendīc(us) needy, beggarly + -itās -ity

mendacity, mendicity.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To Mendicity
Collins
World English Dictionary
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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature