leper

[ lep-er ]
/ ˈlɛp ər /

noun

a person who has leprosy.
a person who has been rejected or ostracized for unacceptable behavior, opinions, character, or the like; anathema; outcast.

Origin of leper

1350–1400; Middle English lepre leprosy < Latin lepra < Greek lépra, noun use of feminine of leprós scaly, akin to lépos scale, lépein to peel
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British Dictionary definitions for leper

leper
/ (ˈlɛpə) /

noun

a person who has leprosy
derogatory a person who is ignored or despised

Word Origin for leper

C14: via Late Latin from Greek lepra, noun use of lepros scaly, from lepein to peel

usage for leper

Rather than talking about a leper or lepers, it is better to talk about a person with leprosy and people with leprosy
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Medical definitions for leper

leper
[ lĕpər ]

n.

One who has leprosy.
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