beggary

Part of speech: adjective

Beggarly.

Part of speech: noun

Extreme poverty.

Part of speech: noun

Beggars as a class.

Part of speech: noun

The act or habit of begging.

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Usage examples "beggary":

  1. The laboring poor sink into the arms of beggary, while surrounded by foreigners who riot in plenty. - "Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland", Henry B. Stanton.
  2. 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", Francis Parkman.
  3. Hortense expects me to- morrow; she is in beggary. - "Cousin Betty", Honore de Balzac.