Beggared



a person who begs alms or lives by begging.
a penniless person.
a wretched fellow; rogue:
the surly beggar who collects the rents.
a child or youngster (usually preceded by little):
a sudden urge to hug the little beggar.
to reduce to utter poverty; impoverish:
The family had been beggared by the war.
to cause one’s resources of or ability for (description, comparison, etc.) to seem poor or inadequate:
The costume beggars description.
Contemporary Examples

Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush & the Politics of Exhaustion Nick Gillespie April 6, 2014

Historical Examples

On the Kentucky Frontier James Otis
The History of John Bull John Arbuthnot
Ivanhoe Walter Scott
Five Tales John Galsworthy
The Heart of a Woman Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
Tony Butler Charles James Lever
The Disowned, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Nell, of Shorne Mills Charles Garvice
The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd

noun
a person who begs, esp one who lives by begging
a person who has no money or resources; pauper
(ironic, jocular, mainly Brit) fellow: lucky beggar!
verb (transitive)
to be beyond the resources of (esp in the phrase to beggar description)
to impoverish; reduce to begging
n.
v.

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