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Definition of Beggar

Beggar

  1. One who begs; one who asks or entreats earnestly, or with humility; a petitioner.
  2. One who makes it his business to ask alms.
  3. One who is dependent upon others for support; -- a contemptuous or sarcastic use.
  4. One who assumes in argument what he does not prove.
  5. To reduce to beggary; to impoverish; as, he had beggared himself.
  6. To cause to seem very poor and inadequate.

Beggar Quotations

I would rather be a beggar and single than a queen and married.
Elizabeth I

I know that a man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms from me, the rich man for the alms of my envy, the poor man for the alms of my guilt.
Ben Hecht

All true language is incomprehensible, like the chatter of a beggar's teeth.
Antonin Artaud

It is not from your own goods that you give to the beggar; it is a portion of his own that you are restoring to him. The Earth belongs to all. So you are paying back a debt and think you are making a gift to which you are not bound.
Saint Ambrose

When you share your last crust of bread with a beggar, you mustn't behave as if you were throwing a bone to a dog. You must give humbly, and thank him for allowing you to have a part in his hunger.
Giovanni Guareschi
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Beggar Translations

beggar in Danish is tigger
beggar in Dutch is schooier, bedelaar
beggar in French is gueux, mendiant
beggar in German is Bettler, Bettler, Kerl, an den Bettelstab bringen
beggar in Italian is accattapane
beggar in Latin is pauper
beggar in Norwegian is tigger
beggar in Portuguese is mendigo, pedinte
beggar in Spanish is mendigo
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