beggary

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Beggary \Beg"gar*y\, noun [OE. beggerie. See {Beggar}, noun]

1. The act of begging; the state of being a beggar; mendicancy; extreme poverty.

2. Beggarly appearance. [R.]

The freedom and the beggary of the old studio. --Thackeray.

Syn: Indigence; want; penury; mendicancy.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Beggary \Beg"gar*y\, adjective Beggarly. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

beggary

noun

1: a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person) [syn: {beggary}, {begging}, {mendicancy}]

2: the state of being a beggar or mendicant; "they were reduced to mendicancy" [syn: {beggary}, {mendicancy}, {mendicity}]


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