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


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

Nearby words

  1. mendelssohn, moses,
  2. mender,
  3. menderes,
  4. menderes, adnan,
  5. mendes,
  6. mendicant,
  7. mendicity,
  8. mending,
  9. mendips,
  10. mendocino

Origin of mendicancy

First recorded in 1780–90; mendic(ant) + -ancy

Related formsnon·men·di·can·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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."

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