Etymology
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mendicancy (n.)

"state or condition of beggary, act of begging," 1758, from mendicant + abstract noun suffix -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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Definitions of mendicancy

mendicancy (n.)
the state of being a beggar or mendicant;
they were reduced to mendicancy
Synonyms: beggary / mendicity
mendicancy (n.)
a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person);
Synonyms: beggary / begging
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