leper

[lep-er]
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noun
  1. a person who has leprosy.
  2. 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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untouchable, anathema, outcast

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British Dictionary definitions for leper

leper

noun
  1. a person who has leprosy
  2. 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

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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Word Origin and History for leper
n.

"one afflicted with leprosy," late 14c., from Late Latin lepra, from Greek lepra "leprosy," from fem. of lepros (adj.) "scaly," from leops "a scale," related to lepein "to peel," from lopos "a peel," from PIE root *lep- "to peel, scale" (see leaf (n.)). Originally the word for the disease itself (mid-13c.); because of the -er ending it came to mean "person with leprosy," so leprosy was coined 16c. from adjective leprous.

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leper in Medicine

leper

[lĕpər]
n.
  1. One who has leprosy.
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