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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. the state of being a beggar or mendicant;
- Example: "they were reduced to mendicancy"
[syn: beggary, mendicancy, mendicity]

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

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mendicancy \Men"di*can*cy\, n. The condition of being mendicant; beggary; begging. --Burke. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

33 Moby Thesaurus words for "mendicancy": bare cupboard, bare subsistence, beggarliness, beggary, begging, bumming, cadging, deprivation, destitution, empty purse, grinding poverty, gripe, hand-to-mouth existence, homelessness, impoverishment, indigence, lack, mendicity, moneylessness, mooching, necessitousness, necessity, need, neediness, panhandling, pauperism, pauperization, penury, pinch, privation, scrounging, sponging, want