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[krap-yuh-luh s]
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  1. given to or characterized by gross excess in drinking or eating.
  2. suffering from or due to such excess.
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Origin of crapulous

From the Late Latin word crāpulōsus, dating back to 1530–40. See crapulent, -ous
Related formscrap·u·lous·ly, adverbcrap·u·lous·ness, noun
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Word Origin and History for crapulous


1530s, "sick from too much drinking," from Latin crapula, from Greek kraipale "hangover, drunken headache, nausea from debauching." The Romans used it for drunkenness itself. English has used it in both senses. Related: Crapulously; crapulousness.

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