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mendicity

[men-dis-i-tee]
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noun
  1. mendicancy.
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Origin of mendicity

1350–1400; Middle English mendicite < Latin mendīcitās beggary, equivalent to mendīc(us) needy, beggarly + -itās -ity
Can be confusedmendacity mendicity
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Related Words

begging, indigence, impoverishment, destitution, poorness, penury, mendicancy, mendicity, pauperism, impecuniosity

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Historical Examples

  • "I arrest you for mendicity," he said, just about to lay his hand on his shoulder.

    The False Chevalier

    William Douw Lighthall

  • She was industry personified, and had no sympathy with mendicity.

    White Lies

    Charles Reade

  • Every person was required to labor, and mendicity was prohibited.

  • Is it not to condemn these latter to abandonment, misery, and mendicity?

    The Criminal

    Havelock Ellis

  • Mendicity became a distinct institution, was divided into various branches, and was provided with a language of its own.