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mendicant

men·di·cant

mendicant

 
pronunciation:
men dih knt
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: living on charity; begging.
The mendicant monks go out each morning with their begging bowls.
synonyms:
begging
similar words:
cadging, mooching, petitionary, scrounging, supplicant
definition 2: pertaining to or characteristic of one who begs for a living.
The orphaned boy was now leading a mendicant life on the streets.
synonyms:
beggarly
similar words:
disadvantaged, indigent, needy, starveling
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: one who lives by soliciting charity; beggar.
The old building provided shelter for mendicants.
synonyms:
beggar
similar words:
bum, cadger, hobo, mooch, panhandler, parasite, pauper, scrounge, sponge, tramp, vagrant
definition 2: a member of an order of friars who live on alms.
synonyms:
friar
similar words:
ascetic, Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan, monk, nun, Trappist