[krap-yuh-luh nt]
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Origin of crapulent

1650–60; < Late Latin crāpulentus drunk, derivative of Latin crāpula drunkenness < Greek kraipálē drunkenness, a hangover; see -ent
Related formscrap·u·lence, crap·u·len·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for crapulence

inebriety, insobriety, intemperance, inebriation, intoxication

British Dictionary definitions for crapulence


crapulous (ˈkræpjʊləs)

  1. given to or resulting from intemperance
  2. suffering from intemperance; drunken
Derived Formscrapulence, nouncrapulently or crapulously, adverbcrapulousness, noun

Word Origin for crapulent

C18: from Late Latin crāpulentus drunk, from Latin crāpula, from Greek kraipalē drunkenness, headache resulting therefrom
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Word Origin and History for crapulence



1650s, from Latin crapulentus "very drunk," from crapula "excessive drinking" (see crapulous). Related: Crapulence.

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crapulence in Medicine


  1. Sickness caused by excessive eating or drinking.
  2. Excessive indulgence; intemperance.
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