Definition of beggary in English:

beggary

noun

  • [mass noun] A state of extreme poverty:

    ‘they have no benefits to stand between them and beggary’
    • ‘The next theme was apt to the problems plaguing every developing country - poverty and beggary.’
    • ‘Families, bred in opulence and luxury, were reduced to beggary.’
    • ‘British and American officials grew to dislike this aspect of diplomacy and considered it a veiled form of beggary.’
    • ‘He was separated from society not by choice and intellect, but by some involuntary spasm of fate that had left him bitter and reduced to beggary.’
    • ‘Through the department of moral censorship, provision has been made for the eradication of beggary.’
    • ‘The humiliation of beggary often produced resentments which, in turn, led to retaliation often in the form of pretended witchery: spreading white powder as threat to kill cattle or to make people ill.’
    • ‘he would exclaim, ‘what wild visions of prodigies of wickedness, want and beggary, arose in my mind of that place!’’
    • ‘War widows were reduced to beggary and young children employed as metalworkers.’
    • ‘How many children have been forced into beggary and crime?’
    • ‘I didn't see any Western country with so many elements of social morbidity: poverty, beggary and starvation.’
    • ‘A scheme on prevention of child beggary is one of the new projects.’
    • ‘‘Our aim is to gradually eliminate child beggary in the city in the long run and ensure qualitative rehabilitation for the children,’ says the Director of Social Defence.’
    • ‘They join a growing mob of desperate young people who travel from town to town, chased and harassed by the police, and eventually reduced to beggary and stealing in order to survive.’
    • ‘We condemn our own indigenous peoples to beggary.’
    • ‘We were not to tell them that beggary, prostitution, murder, drug addiction or official corruption existed.’
    • ‘In his diary he describes how he ‘saw various forms of squalor, disease, and deformity-all manner of importunate beggary.’’
    • ‘Prostitution and beggary are the only options especially for widows to survive and feed their children.’
    poverty, penury, destitution, ruin, ruination, indigence, impecuniousness, impoverishment, need, neediness, privation, want, hardship, distress, difficulties, dire straits, reduced circumstances, straitened circumstances, mendicancy, vagrancy
    bankruptcy, insolvency, liquidation, debt, indebtedness, financial ruin
    administration, receivership
    primary poverty
    pauperdom, pauperism, mendicity
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Pronunciation:

beggary

/ˈbɛɡəri/