noun, plural beg·gar·ies 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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!



  • 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.


    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for beggary



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

late 14c.; see beg + -ary.

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