Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A state of feeble health; infirmity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The condition of a valetudinarian; a state of feeble health; infirmity.
- n. the state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age)
“Hypochondriacal crotchets' are often the product of dyspepsia, and valetudinarianism and pessimism are not unrarely found together.”
“They should savor not of valetudinarianism, but of athletic development.”
“True, Bruce had always been a _malade imaginaire_; like many others with the same weakness, his valetudinarianism had been terribly increased by the anxiety and worry of the war.”
“He was tormented by presentiments of misfortune; he indulged a kind of romantic valetudinarianism.”
“Those whom disgust at the aimlessness and insignificance of most of our social intercourse may dispose to withdrawal from it -- and their number will probably increase as the reaction against intellectual flippancy goes on -- will do well to remember that Mr. Mill's retirement and his vindication of it sprang from no moral valetudinarianism.”
“That affectation of valetudinarianism is growing on Mrs. Winstanley,”
“It is some consolation to know that he did not suffer much, and that perhaps, had he recovered from the illness, his health would have been so affected that great valetudinarianism would have been inevitable.”
“But then, on the other hand, I must insist that our grounds of judgment in this matter be very large and liberal; and that to require or to expect a poet to teach better morals than are taught by Nature and Providence argues either a disqualifying narrowness of mind in us, or else a certain moral valetudinarianism which poetry is not bound to respect.”
“Apparel insufficient to keep out the cold and the rain, or so fitted upon the person that the functions of life are restrained; late hours, filled with excitement and feasting; free draughts of wine, that make one not beastly intoxicated, but only fashionably drunk; and luxurious indolence -- are the instruments by which this unreal life pushes its disciples into valetudinarianism and the grave.”
“It is true that, by possibility, some derangements of the human system are not incompatible with happiness: and a celebrated German author of the last century, Von Hardenberg -- better known by his assumed name of Novalis -- maintained, that certain modes of ill health, or valetudinarianism, were pre-requisites towards certain modes of intellectual development.”
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