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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Beghard  \Be*ghard"\  Beguard  \Be*guard"\,  n.  [F.  b['e]gard, 
  b['e]guard;  cf  G.  beghard,  LL  Beghardus  Begihardus 
  Begardus  Prob.  from  the  root  of  beguine  +  -ard  or  -hard.  See 
  {Beguine}.]  (Eccl.  Hist.) 
  One  of  an  association  of  religious  laymen  living  in  imitation 
  of  the  Beguines.  They  arose  in  the  thirteenth  century,  were 
  afterward  subjected  to  much  persecution,  and  were  suppressed 
  by  Innocent  X.  in  1650.  Called  also  Beguins.