adjective Date: 1612 1. of, relating to, or affected with scrofula 2. a. having a diseased run-down appearance b. morally contaminated <
scrofulous characters…so quick to smear — John Garrity

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Scrofulous — Scrof u*lous, a. [Cf. F. scrofuleux.] 1. Pertaining to scrofula, or partaking of its nature; as, scrofulous tumors; a scrofulous habit of body. [1913 Webster] 2. Diseased or affected with scrofula. [1913 Webster] Scrofulous persons can never be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scrofulous — index lurid, salacious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • scrofulous — early 15c.; see SCROFULA (Cf. scrofula) + OUS (Cf. ous). Related: Scrofulously …   Etymology dictionary

  • scrofulous — [skräf′yələs] adj. 1. of, like, or having scrofula 2. morally corrupt; degenerate scrofulously adv …   English World dictionary

  • scrofulous — adjective 1. afflicted with scrofula • Similar to: ↑ill, ↑sick • Derivationally related forms: ↑scrofula 2. morally contaminated denounce the scrofulous wealth of the times J.D.Hart • Similar to: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • scrofulous — adjective a) of, related to, or suffering from scrofula b) morally degenerate; corrupt (e.g. a scrofulous politician) …   Wiktionary

  • scrofulous — Relating to or suffering from scrofula. * * * scrof·u·lous skrȯf yə ləs, skräf adj of, relating to, or affected with scrofula <scrofulous ulcers> …   Medical dictionary

  • scrofulous — scrofula ► NOUN chiefly historical ▪ a disease with glandular swellings, probably a form of tuberculosis. DERIVATIVES scrofulous adjective. ORIGIN from Latin scrofa breeding sow (said to be subject to the disease) …   English terms dictionary

  • scrofulous — scrofulously, adv. scrofulousness, n. /skrof yeuh leuhs/, adj. 1. pertaining to, resembling, of the nature of, or affected with scrofula. 2. morally tainted. [1605 15; SCROFUL(A) + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • scrofulous — scrof·u·lous || skrÉ‘fjÉ™lÉ™s / rÉ’fjÊŠl adj. suffering from scrofula, suffering from tuberculosis of the lymph glands of the neck (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

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