mendicancy (n.) "state or condition of beggary," 1790, from MENDICANT (Cf. mendicant) + -CY (Cf. -cy). Also in this sense was mendicity (c.1400), from O.Fr. mendicité "begging," from L. mendicitatem (nom. mendicitas) "beggary, mendicity."

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  • mendicancy — noun Date: 1711 1. the condition of being a beggar 2. the practice of begging …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mendicancy — /men di keuhn see/, n. 1. the practice of begging, as for alms. 2. the state or condition of being a beggar. [1780 90; MENDIC(ANT) + ANCY] * * * …   Universalium

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