from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hospital for the treatment of leprosy.


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  • Yesterday, he wrote a letter to Sheriff Severance, giving himself up as a leper to be dealt with by the law, expressing himself as ready to be expatriated today, but requesting that he might not be put into the leper-house, and that he might go on board the steamer alone.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • I would have avoided it like a leper-house because of its gloomy memorials; but the very reek of its repairing tenements as I saw them from the upper windows of my home floating in a haze against the blue over the shoulder of Dun Torvil seemed to call me on.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

  • "My word, I don't know what to do," Daughtry murmured, staring about helplessly as he realised that it was a leper-house, that the very chair in which the old man sat was a leper-chair, that the very floor on which his exhausted feet rested was a leper - floor.

    Chapter 21

  • What was originally opened as a leper-house and, as a rule, endowed for that purpose, naturally became, as the epidemic subsided, a general hospital.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • He occupied the See of Macao from its foundation, in 1575, to 1583, during which period he established the Santa Casa de Misericordia, the hospital of St. Raphael, and the leper-house of St. Lazarus.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • A leper-house was bilt to receive about one hundred patients.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • He straightened up at once, after one fall, and bore the white banner of the Maid in good style from the mission to the deserted inn by the leper-house.

    White Shadows in the South Seas

  • We speak of the churchyard as "haunted," and we recoil in horror from the leper-house or the cholera-camp.

    Preventable Diseases

  • Francis had many a time sweet experience of this; from the time of his arrival at the leper-house he felt that if he had lost his life he was about to find it again.

    Life of St. Francis of Assisi

  • Since his first visit to the leper-house the brilliant cavalier had become a poor beggar; he came with empty hands but with heart overflowing with tenderness and compassion.

    Life of St. Francis of Assisi


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