American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Consuming or tending to consume.
- adj. Of, relating to, or afflicted with consumption.
- n. A person afflicted with consumption.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Destructive; wasting; exhausting; having the quality of consuming or dissipating.
- In medicine, pertaining to or of the nature of consumption, or phthisis pulmonaris.
- Affected with a consuming disease; specifically, having or predisposed to consumption: as, a consumptive person; a consumptive constitution.
- Relating to or designed for consumption or destruction; specifically, in recent use, pertaining to or designed for consumption by use: as, a consumptive demand for hops.
- n. One who suffers from consumption, or phthisis.
- Indicating the presence of consumption: as, a consumptive cough.
- adj. Having a tendency to consume.
- adj. Of, or relating to consumption.
- adj. pathology Relating to pulmonary tuberculosis.
- n. A person suffering of pulmonary tuberculosis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to consumption; having the quality of consuming, or dissipating; destructive; wasting.
- adj. (Med.) Affected with, or inclined to, consumption.
- n. One affected with consumption.
- adj. afflicted with or associated with pulmonary tuberculosis
- n. a person with pulmonary tuberculosis
- adj. tending to consume or use often wastefully
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“It seems ironic that while America's founding fathers considered the following truth to be self-evident -- that all men are created equal -- American consumers are engaging in consumptive behaviour that suggests their abnormally high incomes are some kind of permanent right of citizenship.”
“IFAW is sceptical in general about the amount of benefits that every actually reach communities from so-called consumptive use of wild life, but in this instance a zero quota would mean zero sales and zero benefits," said Dr Maas.”
“When Dave Harper's name was called the consumptive stepped forward and registered, and when the latter's name was called Dave stepped forward.”
“He had the air of a man whom in the 19th century one would have called consumptive.”
“His flushed face reminded me of the more beautiful kind of consumptive — that hectic beauty of which we used to hear so much.”
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“His flushed face reminded me of the more beautiful kind of consumptive -- that hectic beauty of which we used to hear so much.”
“He outlived "consumptive" tendencies in youth; and the repeated indications of over-strain in later life, up to the time of his first serious break-down in 1878, had issued in nothing more than the depression and fatigue with which most busy men are familiar.”
“He had to undergo a second disappointment in love; his health broke down again, and he was sent to Leamington to his former doctor, Jephson, once more a "consumptive" patient.”
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A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
mostly from magoosh
The Decemberists tend to use a lot of interesting words in their songs.
from Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer, Christopher Smart's Jubilate Agno, Richard Brinsley Sheridan's School for Scandal ...
Like a night club in the morning, you're the bitter end.
Like a recently disinfected shit-house, you're clean round the bend.
You give me the horrors
too bad to be true.
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