mendicancy

[ men-di-kuh n-see ]
/ ˈmɛn dɪ kən si /

noun

the practice of begging, as for alms.
the state or condition of being a beggar.

Origin of mendicancy

First recorded in 1780–90; mendic(ant) + -ancy
Related formsnon·men·di·can·cy, noun
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Word Origin and History for mendicancy

mendicancy


n.

"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."

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