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 for beggar
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beggar \Beg"gar\, n. [OE. beggere, fr. beg.]
     1. One who begs; one who asks or entreats earnestly, or with
        humility; a petitioner.
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     2. One who makes it his business to ask alms.
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     3. One who is dependent upon others for support; -- a
        contemptuous or sarcastic use.
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     4. One who assumes in argument what he does not prove. --Abp.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Beggar \Beg"gar\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beggared; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Beggaring.]
     1. To reduce to beggary; to impoverish; as, he had beggared
        himself. --Milton.
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     2. To cause to seem very poor and inadequate.
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              It beggared all description.          --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a pauper who lives by begging [syn: beggar, mendicant]
      v 1: be beyond the resources of; "This beggars description!"
      2: reduce to beggary [syn: beggar, pauperize, pauperise]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  130 Moby Thesaurus words for "beggar":
     Arab, Bowery bum, almsman, almswoman, asker, baffle, bankrupt,
     beach bum, beachcomber, beggarly fellow, blighter, bloke, bo,
     budmash, bum, bummer, cadger, caitiff, casual, challenge, chap,
     charity case, coupon clippers, deadbeat, defy, derelict, devil,
     dogie, down-and-out, down-and-outer, drifter, drone, drunkard,
     fellow, freeloader, gamin, gamine, good-for-naught,
     good-for-nothing, guttersnipe, guy, hardcase, hobo, homeless waif,
     human wreck, idle rich, idler, impoverish, indigent, landloper,
     lazzarone, leisure class, loafer, losel, lounge lizard, lowlife,
     lumpen proletariat, man, mauvais sujet, mean wretch, mendicant,
     mendicant friar, mendicant order, moocher, mucker, mudlark,
     no-good, nonworker, panhandler, parasite, pauper, pauperize,
     pauvre diable, penniless man, person, petitioner, piker, pilgarlic,
     poor creature, poor devil, poor man, poorling, prayer, ragamuffin,
     ragman, ragpicker, reduce, rentiers, rounder, sad case, sad sack,
     schnorrer, scrounger, ski bum, skid-row bum, spiv, sponge, sponger,
     starveling, stiff, stray, street Arab, street urchin, suitor,
     sundowner, suppliant, supplicant, supplicator, surf bum, swagman,
     swagsman, tatterdemalion, tennis bum, the unemployable,
     the unemployed, tramp, truant, turnpiker, urchin, vag, vagabond,
     vagrant, vaurien, waif, waifs and strays, want, wastrel,
     welfare client, worthless fellow, wretch

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  BEGGAR. One who obtains his livelihood by asking alms. The laws of several 
  of the states punish begging as an offence. 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  BEGGAR, n.  One who has relied on the assistance of his friends.

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