mendicant

People who live off begging can be called mendicants. However, you probably wouldn't call your kids mendicants, even though they beg you for stuff, because the word mendicant also implies extreme poverty.

The noun mendicant can also refer to a man belonging to a religious order, such as the Franciscan Friars — who do not own personal property but live together in a monastery and survive off alms donated by others. As an adjective, mendicant describes someone who lives such an existence.

DEFINITIONS OF: mendicant

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adj practicing beggary

mendicant friars”
Synonyms
beseeching, imploring, pleading
begging

n a pauper who lives by begging

Synonyms:
beggar
Examples:
Lazarus
the diseased beggar in Jesus' parable of the rich man and the beggar
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beggarman
a man who is a beggar
beggarwoman
a woman who is a beggar
cadger, mooch, moocher, scrounger
someone who mooches or cadges (tries to get something free)
panhandler
a beggar who approaches strangers asking for money
sannyasi, sannyasin, sanyasi
a Hindu religious mendicant
schnorrer, shnorrer
(Yiddish) a scrounger who takes advantage of the generosity of others
Type of:
pauper
a person who is very poor

n a male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms

Synonyms:
friar
Examples:
Girolamo Savonarola
Italian religious and political reformer; a Dominican friar in Florence who preached against sin and corruption and gained a large following; he expelled the Medici from Florence but was later excommunicated and executed for criticizing the Pope (1452-1498)
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Carmelite, White Friar
a Roman Catholic friar wearing the white cloak of the Carmelite order; mendicant preachers
Black Friar, Blackfriar, Dominican, friar preacher
a Roman Catholic friar wearing the black mantle of the Dominican order
Franciscan, Grey Friar
a Roman Catholic friar wearing the grey habit of the Franciscan order
Augustinian
a Roman Catholic friar or monk belonging to one of the Augustinian monastic orders
Austin Friar
one of the Roman Catholic hermits of Saint Augustine
Type of:
religious
a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience
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