[ UK /mˈɛndɪkənt/ ]
  1. a pauper who lives by begging
  2. a male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms
  1. practicing beggary
    mendicant friars
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How To Use mendicant In A Sentence

  • Historically, orders of friars could not own property, and individual friars were beggars hence the term mendicant, although this was changed insofar as the orders were concerned by the Council of Trent. No Uncertain Terms
  • Almost all come from monastic or mendicant milieux, and are passages in annals or chronicles of the writer's abbey. A Tender Age: Cultural Anxieties over the Child in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries
  • Another group of monasteries grew up around friars who although taking the triple vow of poverty, chastity, and obedience were mendicants who moved about the country using any house of their own order as a base.
  • Now, Lackaday in his manuscript relates this English episode, not so much as an appeal to pity for the straits to which he was reduced, although he winces at its precarious mountebankery, and his sensitive and respectable soul revolts at going round with the mendicant's hat and thanking old women and children for pennies, as in order to correlate certain influences and coincidences in his career. The Mountebank
  • Saniotis takes us to one of Northern India's most famous Indo-Muslim shrines, a place where religious mendicants, known as faqir, gather to worship through mystical communion with saints.
  • Essentially, the azad were itinerant mendicants who regularly practised extreme ascetic styles of religious devotion, as a mark of their ‘other worldliness.’
  • The only hangers on are a handful of mendicants who are stretched out on the cool stone floor of the mandapam or seated on the benches inside the park.
  • Early in the thirteenth century, the monastic map of western Europe was transformed by the emergence of the mendicant friars.
  • The late Robert Brentano examines the interaction of the countryside and the city in terms of the mendicant friars who lived in and moved between both worlds.
  • [FN#82] The Arabic word fakir means literally, "a poor man;" but it would appear, from what follows, that Uns el Wujoud had disguised himself as a religious mendicant and was taken for such by the people of the castle. The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Volume IV
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