beggary

[ beg-uh-ree ]
/ ˈbɛg ə ri /

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
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British Dictionary definitions for beggary

beggary

/ (ˈbɛɡərɪ) /

noun

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

beggary


n.

late 14c.; see beg + -ary.

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