Definition of vagrancy in English:



  • [mass noun] The state of living as a vagrant; homelessness.

    ‘a descent into vagrancy and drug abuse’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On Thursday, six of the homeless people who were arrested for vagrancy were released.’
    • ‘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.’
    homelessness, drifting, roving, roaming, wandering, travelling, itinerancy, migrancy, nomadism, vagabondism
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