Mendicant meaning

mĕndĭ-kənt
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The definition of a mendicant is a beggar.

A person who is begging for money on a street corner is an example of a mendicant.

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Mendicant is defined as a person who is prone to begging or who is likely to beg.

A person who is continually pleading for things is an example of a mendicant person.

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Of or relating to religious orders whose members are forbidden to own property individually or in common and must work or beg for their livings.
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A beggar.
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A member of a mendicant order.
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Asking for alms; begging.
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Of or characteristic of a beggar.
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Designating or of any of various religious orders whose members originally held no personal or community property, living mostly on alms.
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A beggar; person who begs for alms.
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A mendicant friar.
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Depending on alms for a living.
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Of or pertaining to a beggar.
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Of or pertaining to a member of a religious order forbidden to own property, and who must beg for a living.
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A pauper who lives by begging.
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A religious friar, forbidden to own personal property, who begs for a living.
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Depending on alms for a living; practicing begging.
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Origin of mendicant

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin mendīcāns mendīcant- present participle of mendīcāre to beg from mendīcus needy, beggar from mendum physical defect

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin mendÄ«cāns, present participle of mendÄ«cō (“beg"). Compare French mendiant.

    From Wiktionary