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leper

[lep-er] /ˈlɛp ər/
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
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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  • But her nuns were willing to pick lepers off the street, to devote their lives to the people no one else in society would touch.
  • He believes former communists should be treated as normal politicians, not moral lepers.
British Dictionary definitions for lepers

leper

/ˈlɛpə/
noun
1.
a person who has leprosy
2.
(derogatory) a person who is ignored or despised
Usage note
Rather than talking about a leper or lepers, it is better to talk about a person with leprosy and people with leprosy
Word Origin
C14: via Late Latin from Greek lepra, noun use of lepros scaly, from lepein to peel
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Word Origin and History for lepers

leper

n.

"one afflicted with leprosy," late 14c., from Late Latin lepra, from Greek lepra "leprosy," from fem. of lepros (adj.) "scaly," from leops "a scale," related to lepein "to peel," from lopos "a peel," from PIE root *lep- "to peel, scale" (see leaf (n.)). 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 adjective leprous.

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lepers in Medicine

leper lep·er (lěp'ər)
n.
One who has leprosy.

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