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Monday, June 07, 2004

Definitions for mendicant

  1. A beggar; especially, one who makes a business of begging.
  2. A member of an order of friars forbidden to acquire landed property and required to be supported by alms.
  3. Practicing beggary; begging; living on alms; as, mendicant friars.

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Citations for mendicant
Money has ever posed problems. Not even love, said Gladstone, has made so many fools of men. Throughout time the most obvious but universal dilemma -- that there is never enough of it -- has confounded everyone, from mendicants to monarchs, and their ministers. Janet Gleeson, Millionaire
She was well dressed, obviously not a mendicant. William Safire, Scandalmonger
Origin of mendicant
late Middle English
1425-1475
Mendicant derives from Latin mendicare, "to beg," from mendicus, "beggar."
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