Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having leprosy.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or resembling leprosy.
  • adjective Biology Having or consisting of loose, scurfy scales.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Infected with leprosy.
  • Causing leprosy.
  • Covered with white scales.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Infected with leprosy; pertaining to or resembling leprosy.
  • adjective (Nat. Hist.) Leprose.

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

  • adjective Relating to the disease leprosy.
  • adjective Appearing decayed, having the appearance of infection by leprosy.

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

  • adjective relating to or resembling or having leprosy

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English leprus, from Old French lepros, from Late Latin leprōsus, from lepra, leprosy; see leper.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French leprous, lepros, (French lépreux), from Latin leprosus, from lepra, leprae, leprosy. See also leper.

Examples

  • What child now dares lose themselves among these rasping ghouls, whose shrouds come peeling off in leprous strips?

    Wine Poetry

  • What child now dares lose themselves among these rasping ghouls, whose shrouds come peeling off in leprous strips?

    The New York Cork Report:

  • It is in fact a peculiarly rapid decay caused by a kind of leprous growth which nothing can arrest.

    The Keeper of the Door

  • Dag Daughtry had lowered his leprous servitor into the waiting launch.

    CHAPTER X

  • The massive Portuguese churches, with their colossal white Gothic facades, stood equally forlorn, their walls faded and leprous.

    India’s New Face

  • Kwaque, a leprous Black Papuan who was slave to one, Dag Daughtry, himself a servant of other men to whom he humbly admitted "Yes, sir," and "No, sir," and "Thank you, sir."

    CHAPTER XI

  • Treat as leprous anyone who doesn't make you happy as in get you Famous.

    What is Otherness?

  • The massive Portuguese churches, with their colossal white Gothic facades, stood equally forlorn, their walls faded and leprous.

    India’s New Face

  • Kwaque serving and loving his master and thickening and darkening and creasing his brow with the growing leprous infiltration; Ah

    CHAPTER XII

  • And if the plague is greenish or reddish in the garment ... it is a leprous plague and shall be shown to the priest.

    Chris Kelly: Mel Gibson Is Biblically Correct

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