mendicancy

[men-di-kuhn-see]
noun
1.
the practice of begging, as for alms.
2.
the state or condition of being a beggar.

Origin:
1780–90; mendic(ant) + -ancy

nonmendicancy, noun
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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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mendicancy
1790, from mendicant + -cy.
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Example sentences
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.
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