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scrofulous

[skrof-yuh-luh s]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to, resembling, of the nature of, or affected with scrofula.
  2. morally tainted.
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Origin of scrofulous

First recorded in 1605–15; scroful(a) + -ous
Related formsscrof·u·lous·ly, adverbscrof·u·lous·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for scrofulous

Historical Examples

  • He was suffering from a scrofulous ulcer in the neck, and it was a hideous disfigurement.

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • As for the scrofulous ones, we'll just put them out of sight.

  • It is beneficial for dyspepsia, gout, rheumatism, and scrofulous diseases.

    Down the Rhine

    Oliver Optic

  • Scrofulous and rickety children are the most usual sufferers in this way.

  • If there is a scrofulous or consumptive taint in the blood, beware!


British Dictionary definitions for scrofulous

scrofulous

adjective
  1. of, relating to, resembling, or having scrofula
  2. morally degraded
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Derived Formsscrofulously, adverbscrofulousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for scrofulous

adj.

early 15c., from Medieval Latin scrophulosus; see scrofula + -ous. Related: Scrofulously; scrofulousness.

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scrofulous in Medicine

scrofulous

(skrŏfyə-ləs)
adj.
  1. Relating to, affected with, or resembling scrofula.
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