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beggary

[beg-uh-ree]
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noun, plural beg·gar·ies for 3.
  1. a state or condition of utter poverty.
  2. beggars collectively.
  3. a place lived in or frequented by beggars.
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Origin of beggary

1350–1400; Middle English beggerie. See beggar, -y3
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Related Words for beggary

begging, indigence, impoverishment, destitution, poorness, penury, mendicancy, mendicity, pauperism, impecuniosity

Examples from the Web for beggary

Historical Examples of beggary

  • 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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for beggary

beggary

noun
  1. extreme poverty or need
  2. the condition of being a beggar
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Word Origin and History for beggary

n.

late 14c.; see beg + -ary.

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