leper

[lep-er]
noun
1.
a person who has leprosy.
2.
a person who has been rejected or ostracized for unacceptable behavior, opinions, character, or the like; anathema; outcast.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English lepre leprosy < Latin lepra < Greek lépra, noun use of feminine of leprós scaly, akin to lépos scale, lépein to peel

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leper (ˈlɛpə)
 
n
1.  a person who has leprosy
2.  a person who is ignored or despised
 
[C14: via Late Latin from Greek lepra, noun use of lepros scaly, from lepein to peel]

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leper
"one afflicted with leprosy," late 14c., from L.L. lepra, from Gk. lepra "leprosy," from fem. of lepros (adj.) "scaly," from leops "a scale," related to lepein "to peel," from lopos "a peel," from PIE base *lep- "to peel, scale" (see leaf). Originally the word for the disease
itself (mid-13c.); because of the -er ending it came to mean "person with leprosy," so leprosy was coined 16c. from adj. leprous.
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leper lep·er (lěp'ər)
n.
One who has leprosy.

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