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Definition one who survives by begging others for handouts
  • Her mendicant, her idiot, her—'
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Before these what a base mendicant is Memory with his leathern badge !
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Society and Solitude
  • Moreover, the idea of replacement, which had been so effective an inducement for his mendicancy of love, had been completely erased from his mind.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I dared to put off the mendicant — to resume my natural manner and character.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • At no long interval, Odysseus came through his own doorway as a mendicant, humped like a bundle of rags over his stick.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • They probably despised her already; how much more they would despise her in the character of a mendicant!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Seven years a mendicant on foreign charity I lingered abroad : seven years is no brevity.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • The guard uncuffed their wrists and left them and they squatted and leaned against the wall with their blankets about their shoulders like mendicants.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Then they set out upon the road again, slumped and cowled and shivering in their rags like mendicant friars sent forth to find their keep.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • Our reading is mendicant and sycophantic.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • It did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the lookout for the mendicancy squad.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Magi
  • The mendicant received both the alms and the sarcasm without wincing, and continued, in lamentable tones,— "Charity, please!"
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • It appeared that a Bohemian, a bare-footed vagabond, a sort of dangerous mendicant, was at that moment in the town.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In a few minutes the Curator saw that his guest was no mere bead-telling mendicant, but a scholar of parts.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Mr. Medbourne, in the vigor of his age, had been a prosperous merchant, but had lost his all by a frantic speculation, and was now little better than a mendicant.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Dr. Heidegger's Experiment
  • Then, in addition to these concealed or public, secret or open wars, there were robbers, mendicants, Huguenots, wolves, and scoundrels, who made war upon everybody.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Suddenly I was stabbed with alarm, sensing an unholy and unnatural presence of flapping vulturous black, until I realized in an instant that the two mendicant nuns had blundered into the wrong facility.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Many of these professional mendicants had comfortable homes, and families, and thousands of dollars in the bank; some of them had retired upon their earnings, and gone into the business of fitting out and doctoring others, or working children at the trade.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • It seemed to him, when at last she paused to have his answer, that he could see Messala himself peering at him over her shoulder; and in its expression the countenance of the Roman was not that of a mendicant or a friend; the sneer was as patrician as ever, and the fine edge of the hauteur as flawless and irritating.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • He only begged just enough to save himself, for the laws against mendicancy were stringent, and the penalties heavy; so he put in a good deal of his time listening to good Father Andrew's charming old tales and legends about giants and fairies, dwarfs and genii, and enchanted castles, and gorgeous kings and princes.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper

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