begging; practicing begging; living on alms.
pertaining to or characteristic of a beggar.
a person who lives by begging; beggar.
a member of any of several orders of friars that originally forbade ownership of property, subsisting mostly on alms.
- non·men·di·cant, adjective
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How to use mendicant in a sentence
He has been on intimate terms with czar and serf, he has met millionaire and mendicant, he has hobnobbed with prince and pauper.Comrade Kropotkin | Victor Robinson
In a way of speaking, this mendicant of Coney Island was perhaps of this class.From Place to Place | Irvin S. Cobb
They probably despised her already; how much more they would despise her in the character of a mendicant!Tess of the d'Urbervilles | Thomas Hardy
I must go there, if I clothe myself in the rags of a mendicant lama and beg my way from one black tent to another.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 2 (of 2) | Sven Hedin
In a few days the town of Brussels swarmed with ash-gray garments such as were usually worn by mendicant friars and penitents.The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete | Friedrich Schiller
British Dictionary definitions for mendicant
(of a member of a religious order) dependent on alms for sustenance: mendicant friars
characteristic of a beggar
a mendicant friar
a less common word for beggar
- mendicancy or mendicity (mɛnˈdɪsɪtɪ), noun
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