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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

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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


  1. extreme poverty or need
  2. 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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