- n the state of being a beggar or mendicant
they were reduced to mendicancy
- n a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)
- Disillusioned with "the perishable world," he suddenly renounces his princely surroundings for a life of famished mendicancy.
- One should equally avoid the appearance of mendicancy and that of prosperity .
- Bruce Golding in Jamaica Gleaner
As Prime Minister Bruce Golding warned his colleagues in the Jamaican Parliament, even if there is a valid case to be made for development assistance, there is no entitlement and as a country and as a region we must "purge this mendicancy".