mendicancy :

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  • 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".

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