American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition of being chronically ill or disabled.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition of being an invalid; a state of debility or infirmity; especially, a chronic condition of poor health.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The condition of an invalid; sickness; infirmity.
- n. chronic ill health
- invalid + -ism (Wiktionary)
“There is no romance in invalidism, and I do not welcome this weakness.”
“When I am striding about the hills here I really feel as if my invalidism were a mere piece of malingering.”
“Froebels; while her invalidism is a complex problem, she has turned to man in her diseases.”
“It was evident that something must be done speedily to save Phillida from a decline that might end in death, or from that chronic invalidism which is almost worse.”
“Europeans, it is the same here as it is in India, the habit of drinking freely of spirituous liquors is universal, and one half the invalidism which is attributed to climate should be ascribed to indulgence in hard drinking.”
“By abolishing official charity and substituting a non-contributary system of old age pensions, a general system of insurance by the State of all its members against unemployment and invalidism ...”
“Julia Foraker, a political wife of the Gilded Age, was born in rural Ohio in 1847, when, as she puts it, the only careers available to a woman were "the home or invalidism.”
“Meanwhile, his chronic invalidism of body and purse does not too much affect him.”
“He wasn't a man to take kindly to invalidism and the fact that he would have to slow down a little because of his heart wouldn't prevent him doing exactly what he wanted.”
“The other is the competitive invalidism the Eliots have instead of a marriage.”
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