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Mendicant


MEND'ICANT, adjective [Latin mendicans, from mendico, to beg; allied to Latin mando, to command, demand.]

1. Begging; poor to a state of beggary; as reduced to a mendicant state.

2. Practicing beggary; as a mendicant friar.

MEND'ICANT, noun A beggar; one that makes it his business to beg alms; one of the begging fraternity of the Romish church.