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Meaning of MENDICANT

Pronunciation:  'mendukunt

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

MENDICANT is a 9 letter word that starts with M.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \Men"di*cant\, n.
    A beggar; esp., one who makes a business of begging;
    specifically, a begging friar.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing mendicants in your dream means interruptions in your plans.
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