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beggary

 
Noun beggary has 2 senses
  1. beggary, begging, mendicancy - a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)
    --1 is a kind of solicitation
    Derived forms: verb beg3, verb beg2, verb beg1
  2. indigence, need, penury, beggary, pauperism, pauperization - a state of extreme poverty or destitution; "their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless"
    --2 is a kind of poverty, poorness, impoverishment
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