Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Drunken; given up to excess in drinking; characterized by intemperance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Characterized by excessive eating or drinking.
  • adjective Suffering physically from the consequences of excessive eating or drinking.
  • adjective Surcharged with liquor; alcoholism; sick from excessive indulgence in drinking or eating; drunk; given to excesses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective suffering from excessive eating or drinking
  • adjective given to gross intemperance in eating or drinking

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin crapulentus, crapulosus; compare French crapuleux; see crapula.

Examples

  • Joe -- love the word crapulous -- I am going to borrow it the first chance I get.

    McCain in the Gutter - Swampland - TIME.com

  • Here's John Adams on Thomas Paine's famous 1776 pamphlet "Common Sense": "What a poor, ignorant, malicious, short-sighted, crapulous mass."

    William Hogeland: How John Adams and Thomas Paine Clashed Over Economic Equality

  • It's one of those twee, child-centric works that sift through the last shakings of the postmodernist bag for ways to enliven their inch-deep whimsy and fathomless solipsism – crapulous, cod-Vonnegut cutesiness being Foer's weakness – and often presume an intimacy with grave and terrible events, the better to drape themselves in the mantle of importance.

    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close gleams with Oscar worthiness

  • The manband in question, the Overtones, are both dull as dishwater and half as attractive in total as the cleft in Gary Barlow's chin, but they do add a layer of crapulous doowop harmony that really does make everything better.

    This week's new singles

  • Here's John Adams on Thomas Paine's famous 1776 pamphlet "Common Sense": "What a poor, ignorant, malicious, short-sighted, crapulous mass."

    William Hogeland: How John Adams and Thomas Paine Clashed Over Economic Equality

  • The major difference in new-millenium-Gen-X pregnancy movies is that they are all about confirming "alternative" families, which is, of course, all the to good, if you consider giving alternative families their own crapulous sub-genre "good."

    Why Juno Is Loathsome

  • And for a very good reason: the genre is crapulous, status-quo-reifying, herd-placating "family fare."

    Why Juno Is Loathsome

  • I have to say I don't recognize that fictional Baum at all, calling What Maisie Knew "line after crapulous line" and quoting William's criticism of American "worship of the bitch-goddess Success" -- he was too Victorian to write like that.

    Quite Different

  • And for a very good reason: the genre is crapulous, status-quo-reifying, herd-placating "family fare."

    SeeLight:

  • The major difference in new-millenium-Gen-X pregnancy movies is that they are all about confirming "alternative" families, which is, of course, all the to good, if you consider giving alternative families their own crapulous sub-genre "good."

    SeeLight:

Comments

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  • This word is too good to be true.

    February 7, 2008

  • I actually saw this in one of the Aubrey/Maturin novels the other day! I was shocked; I had been convinced, completely without evidence, that it was madeupical!

    February 7, 2008

  • NO! See, this is one of those seemingly madeupical words that is actually real.

    Uh oh. I feel a list coming on....

    February 7, 2008

  • Also, every single time I see it, I think of Dr. Seuss.

    February 8, 2008

  • O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

    February 8, 2008

  • It does look like a Seuss word! In the line of gruvulous.

    February 9, 2008

  • And Jabberwockian, too. :-)

    February 9, 2008

  • ...and having the shakes

    uncellophaning fags this crapulous morning...

    - Peter Reading, Editorial, from Diplopic, 1983

    June 29, 2008

  • I was having a crapulous morning, but the eggs and bacon have taken the edge off.

    June 29, 2008

  • From the police blotter of the SLO (San Luis Obispo, CA) City News, March 10-16 2011:

    Alcohol: Police responded at 12:41 a.m. to the Native Lounge on the 1100 block of Chorro St. after one of the natives got restless and rough. He was arrested for suspicion of being bent in public. Another ruckus broke out at 1:37 a.m. at Mo Tav, just around the corner on the 700 block of Higuera St. There, a belle of the ball was arrested for being crapulous."

    March 18, 2011