beggary [beg′ər ē]
pl. beggaries [ME beggerie < beggere,BEGGAR]
1. extreme poverty
2. the act of begging or state of being a beggar
3. beggars as a group

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  • Beggary — Beg gar*y, n. [OE. beggerie. See {Beggar}, n.] 1. The act of begging; the state of being a beggar; mendicancy; extreme poverty. [1913 Webster] 2. Beggarly appearance. [R.] [1913 Webster] The freedom and the beggary of the old studio. Thackeray.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beggary — Beg gar*y, a. Beggarly. [Obs.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beggary — index poverty, privation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • beggary — (n.) late 14c., from BEG (Cf. beg) + ARY (Cf. ary) …   Etymology dictionary

  • beggary — noun (U) formal the state of being very poor: The failure of their farm reduced them to beggary …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • beggary — noun Date: 14th century 1. poverty, penury 2. the class of beggars 3. the practice of begging …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • beggary — /beg euh ree/, n., pl. beggaries for 3. 1. a state or condition of utter poverty. 2. beggars collectively. 3. a place lived in or frequented by beggars. [1350 1400; ME beggerie. See BEGGAR, Y3] * * * …   Universalium

  • beggary — noun /ˈbɛɡəri/ a) The state of a beggar; indigence, extreme poverty. b) The fact or action of begging …   Wiktionary

  • beggary — Synonyms and related words: absence, bare cupboard, bare subsistence, beggarliness, begging, bumming, cadging, defectiveness, deficiency, deficit, deprivation, destitution, drought, empty purse, famine, grinding poverty, gripe, hand to mouth… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • beggary — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. The condition of being extremely poor: destitution, impecuniosity, impecuniousness, impoverishment, indigence, need, neediness, pennilessness, penuriousness, penury, poverty, privation, want. See RICH. 2. The… …   English dictionary for students

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