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[men-di-kuh n-see] /ˈmɛn dɪ kən si/
the practice of begging, as for alms.
the state or condition of being a beggar.
Origin of mendicancy
First recorded in 1780-90; mendic(ant) + -ancy
Related forms
nonmendicancy, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And yet for some of them this life of brawls and vodka, of theft and mendicancy, is a very hell.

    Maxim Gorki

    Hans Ostwald
  • The mendicancy laws have taken from him his human demand on Man.

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • The first decree on the subject of mendicancy was issued May 20th, 1790.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • It was easy, however, to decree the extinction of mendicancy.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • How could disorderly living of this sort lead to anything but mendicancy?

    The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
  • Why, my certificate of mendicancy, as usual, when I am caught.

    The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
  • mendicancy: that of the fraudulent bankrupt with negligible assets paying 1s.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • As sure as I'm alive I'll commit you for a rogue and vagabond, for mendicancy and assault.

    Humphrey Bold

    Herbert Strang
  • The two chief faults of the system were the principle of mendicancy and the exemption from episcopal control.

  • Thus Chayon after a few days of good fortune was again reduced to mendicancy.

Word Origin and History for mendicancy

"state or condition of beggary," 1790, from mendicant + -cy. Also in this sense was mendicity (c.1400), from Old French mendicité "begging," from Latin mendicitatem (nominative mendicitas) "beggary, mendicity."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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