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MENDICANCY (from Lat. niendicus, in a...

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 125 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MENDICANCY (from Lat. niendicus, in a condition of beggary, a word of unknown origin), a state or condition of being a beggar, the practice of obtaining a livelihood by asking alms. The word " mendicant," also found in the French form " mendiant," appears to have come into use through the begging friars.
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