Definitions for: Mendicant

[n] a pauper who lives by begging
[n] a male religious of an order of mendicant preachers of the gospel
[adj] practicing beggary; "mendicant friars"

Webster (1913) Definition: Men"di*cant, a. [L. mendicans, -antis, p. pr. of
mendicare to beg, fr. mendicus beggar, indigent.]
Practicing beggary; begging; living on alms; as, mendicant

Mendicant orders (R. C. Ch.), certain monastic orders which
are forbidden to acquire landed property and are required
to be supported by alms, esp. the Franciscans, the
Dominicans, the Carmelites, and the Augustinians.

Men"di*cant, n.
A beggar; esp., one who makes a business of begging;
specifically, a begging friar.

Synonyms: beggar, beseeching, friar

See Also: beggarman, beggarwoman, Black Friar, Blackfriar, cadger, Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan, Gray Friar, Lazarus, moocher, panhandler, pauper, poor man, religious, scrounger, White Friar

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