- n a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)
- n the state of being a beggar or mendicant
- In Hamburg (reported the current issue of The World's Health) and in other Rhineland and southern German cities, a shrewd new system of handling beggary has been evolved.
- In Tokyo, where beggary had once been rare, police seized 232 vagrants in Ueno Park.
- A weak democratic government fails to maintain order, and is vilified by nationalists furious at the country's fall from world power to beggary.
- James T. Callender in Washington Post
In a widely reprinted rant that damned the sitting president as a British lackey, Callender concluded, "Take your choice between Adams, war and beggary, and Jefferson, peace and competency!"
- Edmund Burke in MWC News
For as Edmund Burke, a British philosopher and statesman, said of socialism,"A perfect equality will indeed be produced. That is to say equal wretchedness, equal beggary, and on the part of the petitioners, a woeful, helpless, and desperate...
- Ronald Harwood in The Guardian
Harwood agrees that the current climate heralds a return to Grub Street's days of "luxury or beggary".