Examples from the Web for mendicancy
Mendicancy is a profession, and it is not exercised only by extending the hand and whining for alms.
Some of them are trained professional beggars, versed in every trick and dodge of the trade of mendicancy.The Alien Invasion|William Henry Wilkins
How could disorderly living of this sort lead to anything but mendicancy?The Surprises of Life|Georges Clemenceau
It was easy, however, to decree the extinction of mendicancy.
Mendicancy, preaching, hearing confessions, and teaching publicly were the capital sins that consigned the Friars to reprobation.Saint Bonaventure|Rev. Fr. Laurence Costelloe, O.F.M.
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."