Or else, we have representations of those interested visits that mendicant friars paid to the dying.
Oh, I'd forgive him all, and e'en his flight, Had only he not turned a mendicant.
“Well-disposed” persons, with a good word from the priests, can obtain food at the convents of the mendicant friars.
The order of scholars has ceased to be mendicant, vagabond, and eremite.
As in the case of Cybele, mendicant priests were attached to her service.
The strength of the mendicant orders was in their popularity.
The mendicant monks stirred up the populace to acts of fanatical 35 enmity.
The mendicant orders furnished the 218army of papal absolutism.
The mendicant orders were subject only to their own general or superior, not to the bishops.
Other mendicant orders prove the dominant ideas of the time.
late 14c., from Latin mendicantem (nominative mendicans) present participle of mendicare "to beg, ask alms," from mendicus "beggar," originally "cripple" (connection via cripples who must beg), from menda "fault, physical defect" (see mendacious). As an adjective from 1540s. Also in Middle English was mendinant (mid-14c.), from Old French mendinant, present participle of mendiner "to beg," from the same Latin source.
"a beggar," mid-15c., from mendicant (adj.) or from Latin mendicantem (nominative mendicans), noun use of present participle of mendicare.