American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to, affected with, or resembling scrofula.
- adj. Morally degenerate; corrupt: "a scrofulous, grim, darkly funny burlesque on art, celebrity, and love” ( Stephen Schiff).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to scrofula, or partaking of its nature; having a tendency to scrofula: as, scrofulous tumors; a scrofulous habit of body.
- Diseased or affected with scrofula.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to scrofula, or partaking of its nature.
- adj. Diseased or affected with scrofula.
- adj. morally contaminated
- adj. having a diseased appearance resembling scrofula
- adj. afflicted with scrofula
“Nevertheless to those weak habits with pale skins and large pupils of the eyes, whose degree of irritability is less than health requires, as in scrofulous, hysterical, and sonic consumptive constitutions,”
“But you forgot that we don’t need tent cities to complement our communities of vacant houses when we can put the homeless in scrofulous, overcrowded, tuberculosis spreading shelters.”
“Whereas the negro constitution, being the opposite of all this, is not subject to Phthisis, although it partakes of what is called the scrofulous diathesis.”
“Mr. Bowman informs me that in the excessive photophobia, accompanying what is called scrofulous ophthalmia in children, when the light is so very painful that during weeks or months it is constantly excluded by the most forcible closure of the lids, he has often been struck on opening the lids by the paleness of the eye, -- not an unnatural paleness, but an absence of the redness that might have been expected when the surface is somewhat inflamed, as is then usually the case; and this paleness he is inclined to attribute to the forcible closure of the eyelids.”
“Expanded, visually, beyond anything resembling the comparatively claustrophobic 1947 film which starred a wonderfully scrofulous Richard Attenborough, and imbued with a feverish morality that would have gratified Mr. Greene himself, the film is almost distractingly beautiful to look at, something that accentuates the tension between the film's conflicting quantities, i.e., the glories of the physical world, and the corrupted humanity it hosts.”
“The Cologne goalkeeper signalled his potential by publicly attacking the legendary Bayern Munich Maoist Paul Breitner for his heavy drinking, smoking and gambling though not, strangely enough, for his scrofulous appearance.”
“It is a noble and proud tradition and ought not, for one minute, to be mistaken for rudeness or in any way be indicative of a scrofulous upbringing.”
“There are tins of chickpeas and tuna in there, bags of pasta and boxes of muesli packaged to look like they were harvested by scrofulous characters from a Thomas Hardy novel when they were really made on an industrial estate off the arse-end of Basingstoke.”
“Using their grotesquely overdeveloped herd instinct and ability to believe any scrofulous thing about the opposition, the Right have almost literally been able to project their creepy reality onto the U.S. for many years.”
“Yes, you also called me scrofulous, which sent me running to my doctor.”
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