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[lep-ruh s] /ˈlɛp rəs/
Pathology. affected with leprosy.
of or resembling leprosy.
Botany, Zoology. covered with scales.
Origin of leprous
First recorded in 1175-1225; Middle English word from Late Latin word leprōsus. See leper, -ous
Related forms
leprously, adverb
leprousness, noun
nonleprous, adjective
nonleprously, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for leprous
Historical Examples
  • "Let us be calm," I muttered to myself, and ran into the shade of a leprous wall.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • She smiled faintly, and then a tear rolled down the leprous cheek.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • He was not before 1179 allowed even a leprous priest to say Mass for him.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln

    Charles L. Marson
  • This caused an exposure of his arms, by which it became manifest that he was leprous.

    Mediaeval Tales Various
  • The planet must be cleansed of that leprous form of life, else there would be no peace.

    Walls of Acid Henry Hasse
  • The loss of the eyeball may be a leprous sign, or perhaps from tumour.

  • But, unlike the case of the leprous garment, this does not end the ceremonial.

  • He liked what he had said about the leprous play, before Joseph's appearance.

    The Angel Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Instead of the child of his hopes he sees a shriveled and leprous corpse.

    The History of Prostitution William W. Sanger
  • And he thought of the photograph on Petersen's leprous wall.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
British Dictionary definitions for leprous


having leprosy
relating to or resembling leprosy
(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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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