- pertaining to, resembling, of the nature of, or affected with scrofula.
- morally tainted.
Origin of scrofulous
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Examples from the Web for scrofulous
He was suffering from a scrofulous ulcer in the neck, and it was a hideous disfigurement.My New Curate
As for the scrofulous ones, we'll just put them out of sight.The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)
It is beneficial for dyspepsia, gout, rheumatism, and scrofulous diseases.Down the Rhine
Scrofulous and rickety children are the most usual sufferers in this way.Popular Education
If there is a scrofulous or consumptive taint in the blood, beware!Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners
- of, relating to, resembling, or having scrofula
- morally degraded
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Word Origin and History for scrofulous
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- Relating to, affected with, or resembling scrofula.
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