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leprous

[lep-ruh s] /ˈlɛp rəs/
adjective
1.
Pathology. affected with leprosy.
2.
of or resembling leprosy.
3.
Botany, Zoology. covered with scales.
Origin of leprous
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Late Latin leprōsus. See leper, -ous
Related forms
leprously, adverb
leprousness, noun
nonleprous, adjective
nonleprously, adverb
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Historical Examples
  • He was not before 1179 allowed even a leprous priest to say Mass for him.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln Charles L. Marson
  • "Let us be calm," I muttered to myself, and ran into the shade of a leprous wall.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • The loathsome, leprous spots had entirely disappeared, his flesh "was like unto the flesh of a little child."

    The Little Maid of Israel Emma Howard Wight
  • She smiled faintly, and then a tear rolled down the leprous cheek.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • Let the hand of discipline smite the leprous lips which shall utter the profane heresy: All is fair in politics.

    Twelve Causes of Dishonesty Henry Ward Beecher
  • This caused an exposure of his arms, by which it became manifest that he was leprous.

    Mediaeval Tales Various
  • The sight of a leprous man, or of a demon-distressed man, moved Him.

    Quiet Talks on Service S. D. Gordon
  • He liked what he had said about the leprous play, before Joseph's appearance.

    The Angel Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • They found the sultan of the place, an old man named Kimwere, sick, emaciated and leprous.

  • Instead of the child of his hopes he sees a shriveled and leprous corpse.

    The History of Prostitution William W. Sanger
British Dictionary definitions for leprous

leprous

/ˈlɛprəs/
adjective
1.
having leprosy
2.
relating to or resembling leprosy
3.
(biology) a less common word for leprose
Derived Forms
leprously, adverb
leprousness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Late Latin leprosus, from lepraleper
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Word Origin and History for leprous
adj.

early 13c., leprus, from Old French lepros (Modern French lépreux), from Late Latin leprosus, from Latin lepra "leprosy" (see leper).

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