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mendicant

noun men·di·cant \ˈmen-di-kənt\

: someone (such as a member of a religious group) who lives by asking people for money or food

Full Definition of MENDICANT

1
:  beggar 1
2
often capitalized :  a member of a religious order (as the Franciscans) combining monastic life and outside religious activity and originally owning neither personal nor community property :  friar
mendicant adjective

Examples of MENDICANT

  1. <those wretched mendicants on the streets of Calcutta>

Origin of MENDICANT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin mendicant-, mendicans, present participle of mendicare to beg, from mendicus beggar — more at amend
First Known Use: 14th century

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