(Latin: mendicare, to beg; a beggar; an infirm, wretched, miserable person)
2. People who rely on begging to obtain food or funds for their daily survival: In Jim's city, a group of mendicants were sleeping under a bridge at night and seeking help from others on the streets during the day .
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2. Etymology: from Latin mendicantem (nominative, mendicans), "beggar" present participle of mendicare, "to beg"; from mendicus, "beggar"; originally, "cripple" (connection with "cripples who beg"); from menda, "fault, physical defect".
An earlier form in Middle English was mendinant (1362), from Old French mendinant, present participle of mendiner, "to beg"; from Latin mendicantem, "begging".
2. The life of a beggar: Living in mendicity often means spending nights sleeping under overpasses, in doorways, alleyways, or any place he or she can find shelter.
Some metropolitan areas provide special places for people existing in mendicities to sleep so they don't have to be in front of buildings or stores during the night.3. Etymology: from Latin mendicitas, "beggary"; from mendicare, "to beg".