Adjective "mendicant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Given to begging.
  1. 'Out on the sidewalk of Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz's main shopping street, the normal carnival of pedestrians, loiterers, court jesters, fools, and mendicant troubadours milled and mingled on a warm spring afternoon.'
  2. 'Possibly it was sheer vanity and love of easily-won applause that drove him to act out the role of mendicant campus guru.'
  3. 'The mendicant orders, particularly the Dominicans, developed a supranational organization directed by provincial and general chapters and ultimately subject to the papacy.'
  4. 'Furthermore, the universities quickly became a locus of conflict between the regular clergy and the newer mendicant orders, especially the Dominicans and the Franciscans.'
  5. 'In her study of mendicant sermons on the Magdalen, for example, Katherine Jansen finds no real difference between the various orders of friars, all of which were actively encouraging their lay congregations to confess.'
  6. 'The Capuchins had first begun in 1525 when Matteo da Bascio, a lone member of a Franciscan friary in the Marches of Ancona, sought a return to a stricter observance of the mendicant life and an urban ministry to the poor and the sick.'
  7. 'The mendicant orders, of course, had always laid heavy emphasis on the spoken word in preaching and teaching.'
  8. 'All over town, Franciscan monks - the order of mendicant friars which is St. Francis' legacy - were praying.'
  9. 'The appeal of wandering mendicant religious teachers like the Buddha lay partly in the contrast between their message and that of the Brahmans.'
  10. 'Unlike the other mendicant orders founded in the thirteenth century, the Franciscans were blessed, and burdened, by having a profoundly charismatic founder.'
  11. 'Following the foundation of two mendicant orders between 1205 and 1220, for a pope to name himself after either Francis or Dominic would have been to choose sides between two formidable organisations.'
  12. 'When the mendicant friars arose in the thirteenth century, there was a need for more portable books, to accompany the wandering preachers in their work.'
  13. 'Expressions of ecstatic, unmediated emotional identification with a sacred figure were common in the art of the mendicant orders in general and in that of the Franciscans in particular.'


A beggar.
  1. 'As mendicants, they were accustomed to travel and not interested in personal gain.'
  2. 'The form is often associated with wandering mendicants, who sing at festivals and other auspicious occasions.'
  3. 'With a cloth over his mouth to prevent his breath from inhaling any airborne creature, he spent the following nine years as a wandering, barefoot mendicant.'
  4. 'I thought of Dorothy Wordsworth who coined the phrase, ‘the rant and cant of the staled beggar’, as she complained of the mendicants she encountered in England's beautiful Lake District.'
  5. 'He showed us his favorite statue, that of an old philosopher turned mendicant, and I think I shall always associate him - in his shabby but clean old gray suit - with this particular piece of Buddhist statuary.'
  6. 'Colonies also offered places in which to dump the increasing numbers of mendicants and criminals which thronged the cities of Europe.'
  7. 'His role as a peripatetic mendicant allowed him a freedom to see every way of life and every corner of his civilization.'
  8. 'The paduka or toe-knob sandals were usually worn by ascetics and mendicants.'
  9. 'They are the patricians of the pavement - those few among the large group of urchins, alms-seekers and mendicants who have become part of the city's lifescape.'
  10. 'The sight of a holy man, who seemed peaceful and content, finally inspired him to forsake palace, wife and family and become a wandering mendicant.'
  11. 'Verastique's study is, at best, a broad text-book like survey of pre-Hispanic religion and culture and of the Christianization programs of mendicants and diocesan clergy.'
  12. 'Walking among them was a wandering mendicant, with the usual orange robe, wooden staff, and begging bowl, his shaven head painted with the lines of Shiva.'
  13. 'An ancient tale tells of four mendicants who had chosen to abandon wealth, possessions and ambition in hope of benefiting the world.'
  14. 'Its topics included not only monks but canons, mendicants, and other groups.'
  15. 'Others attribute authorship to the mendicants who provided spiritual counsel to women in the Liege diocese.'
  16. 'Such tunics were deliberately patched and made ragged to indicate their wearers' status as religious mendicants.'
  17. 'However important the preached word was to the mendicants and the late medieval princes of the pulpit, it was still ancillary to the sacraments.'
  18. 'They gave up, it is said, their desire for sons, for wealth, and for the worlds, and led the life of religious mendicants.'


1. begging; practicing begging; living on alms.

2. pertaining to or characteristic of a beggar. noun

3. a person who lives by begging; beggar.

4. a member of any of several orders of friars that originally forbade ownership of property, subsisting mostly on alms.

More examples(as adjective)

"sailors can be mendicant."

"poverties can be mendicant."

"orders can be mendicant."

"friars can be mendicant."

"dominicans can be mendicant."

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Late Middle English: from Latin mendicant- ‘begging’, from the verb mendicare, from mendicus ‘beggar’, from mendum ‘fault’.