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Meaning of BEGGARY

Pronunciation:  'beguree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)
  2. [n]  a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless"

BEGGARY is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: begging, indigence, mendicancy, need, pauperism, pauperization, penury
 See Also: impoverishment, poorness, poverty, solicitation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Beg"gar*y\, n. [OE. beggerie. See {Beggar}, n.]
    1. The act of begging; the state of being a beggar;
       mendicancy; extreme poverty.
    2. Beggarly appearance. [R.]
             The freedom and the beggary of the old studio.
    Syn: Indigence; want; penury; mendicancy.
  2. \Beg"gar*y\, a.
    Beggarly. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
Thesaurus Terms
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