mendicant

[Men┬Ědi*cant]

People who live off begging can be called mendicants. However, you probably wouldn't call your kids mendicants, even though they beg you for stuff, because the word mendicant also implies extreme poverty.

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Practicing beggary; begging; living on alms; as, mendicant friars.

Noun
a pauper who lives by begging

Noun
a male member of a religious order that originally relied soley on alms

Adjective S.
practicing beggary; "mendicant friars"


a.
Practicing beggary; begging; living on alms; as, mendicant friars.

n.
A beggar; esp., one who makes a business of begging; specifically, a begging friar.


Mendicant

Men"di*cant , a. [L. mendicans, -antis, p. pr. of mendicare to beg, fr. mendicus beggar, indigent.] Practicing beggary; begging; living on alms; as, mendicant friars. Mendicant orders (R. C. Ch.), certain monastic orders which are forbidden to acquire landed property and are required to be supported by alms, esp. the Franciscans, the Dominicans, the Carmelites, and the Augustinians.

Mendicant

Men"di*cant, n. A beggar; esp., one who makes a business of begging; specifically, a begging friar.

Practicing beggary; begging; living on alms; as, mendicant friars.

A beggar; esp., one who makes a business of begging; specifically, a begging friar.

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