Definition of mendicity in English:

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mendicity

Pronunciation: /mɛnˈdɪsɪti/

noun

[mass noun]
The condition or activities of a beggar.
Example sentences
  • Both colonial and republican administrators believed that the Poor House could serve to eradicate mendicity.
  • Their goals, Arrom argues, exemplified the Bourbon modernizing project in their optimism that mendicity could be eradicated, and in their utilitarian, disciplinary, and civilizing intent.
  • The Constituent Assembly set up a committee on mendicity which collected impressive information on the scale of the problem.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French mendicite, from Latin mendicitas, from mendicus 'beggar'.

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