What does the word beggary mean?

Usage examples for beggary

  1. Yet, like other Indian communities in the neighborhood of the whites, they had dwindled in numbers and prosperity, until they were reduced to twenty persons; who inhabited a cluster of squalid cabins, and lived by beggary and the sale of brooms, baskets, and wooden ladles, made by the women. – The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada by Francis Parkman
  2. Hortense expects me to- morrow; she is in beggary. – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac