Definitions of mendicancy
  1. noun
    the state of being a beggar or mendicant
    “they were reduced to mendicancy
    synonyms: beggary, mendicity
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    indigence, need, pauperism, pauperization, penury
    a state of extreme poverty or destitution
  2. noun
    a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)
    synonyms: beggary, begging
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    an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status
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