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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mendicancy

"state or condition of beggary," 1790, from mendicant + -cy. Also in this sense was mendicity (c.1400), from Old French mendicité "begging," from Latin mendicitatem (nominative mendicitas) "beggary, mendicity."

WordNet

mendicancy

n. a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person) [syn: beggary, begging]

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mendicancy

Mendicancy \Men"di*can*cy\, n. The condition of being mendicant; beggary; begging.
--Burke.

Wiktionary

mendicancy

n. The act or state of being a mendicant

Usage examples of "mendicancy".

It did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the lookout for the mendicancy squad.

Thus hard bested, and at length reduced to mendicancy, he made his way, so as least discomfortably he might, to Rome, being minded to see whether Titus would remember him: and there, learning that Titus lived, and was much affected by all the Romans, and having found out his house, he took his stand in front of it, and watched until Titus came by.