Definition of vagrancy in English:



  • The state of living as a vagrant; homelessness.

    ‘a descent into vagrancy and drug abuse’
    • ‘It is apparent that the authorities lack the determination and will power to solve the persistent problem of vagrancy.’
    • ‘Famously, he spent a spell as a Highgate Cemetery gravedigger, and was later also deported from Spain for vagrancy while busking in Barcelona.’
    • ‘The report concluded that prison terms for relatively minor offences including vagrancy and larceny destabilised family and spousal relationships, and led to a loss of accommodation and employment.’
    • ‘On Thursday, six of the homeless people who were arrested for vagrancy were released.’
    • ‘The question of the future of the banana industry also earned a place on the list as well as policies to improve life in poor communities in an effort to reduce crime, drugs, prostitution and vagrancy.’
    homelessness, drifting, roving, roaming, wandering, travelling, itinerancy, migrancy, nomadism, vagabondism
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