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[beg-uh-ree] /ˈbɛg ə ri/
noun, plural beggaries for 3.
a state or condition of utter poverty.
beggars collectively.
a place lived in or frequented by beggars.
Origin of beggary
1350-1400; Middle English beggerie. See beggar, -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Very little, if any, beggary meets the eye, either in town or country.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Lucky in everything, and most of all in coming to wealth from beggary!

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • So must we all, each in his job, if life isn't to turn to beggary.

    Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit) Frank Wedekind
  • Will you save your brother from the scaffold, and yourself from beggary and ruin?

  • "I don't wonder that we have come to beggary," said she, passionately.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • There were the Four Corners, and his seat in the Board, and then—beggary.

    The Man Who Wins Robert Herrick
  • No better field for beggary in all Manhattan's bounteous acreage.

  • Fragonard, who had been the darling of his age, died in neglect and beggary.

  • With all its wisdom, will it not be reduced to beggary and starvation?

    The New Society Walther Rathenau
  • But that was no distinction in Yuchovitch; the whole village was poor almost to beggary.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
British Dictionary definitions for beggary


extreme poverty or need
the condition of being a beggar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beggary

late 14c.; see beg + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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