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Monday, June 07, 2004

mendicant

\MEN-dih-kunt\ , noun;
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.
adjective:
1.
Practicing beggary; begging; living on alms; as, mendicant friars.
Quotes:
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:
Mendicant derives from Latin mendicare, "to beg," from mendicus, "beggar."
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