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mendicancy

[men-di-kuh n-see] /ˈmɛn dɪ kən si/
noun
1.
the practice of begging, as for alms.
2.
the state or condition of being a beggar.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; mendic(ant) + -ancy
Related forms
nonmendicancy, noun
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Examples from the web for mendicancy
  • Its peculiar brand of belligerent mendicancy has failed to win much sympathy.
  • When it is impossible to repress mendicancy by the above means they shall prosecute imposters.
Word Origin and History for mendicancy
n.

"state or condition of beggary," 1790, from mendicant + -cy. Also in this sense was mendicity (c.1400), from Old French mendicité "begging," from Latin mendicitatem (nominative mendicitas) "beggary, mendicity."

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