Definition of leprous in English:


Syllabification: lep·rous
Pronunciation: /ˈleprəs


  • 1Suffering from leprosy.
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    • By 724 BC the leprous king Uzziah of Judah had not been seen for a while and finally in that year he died.
    • By all means be appalled by the leprous beggars, but don't allow this to blind you to the rich educational diversity the Third World has to offer.
    • Founded as a hospital by Eudo the Steward, to support four leprous residents, its chapel became a parish church and was able to survive the Dissolution.
  • 1.1Relating to or resembling leprosy: leprous growths
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    • When I nursed in a clinic near Bombay, a small girl, shielding all her leprous sores, crept inside the door.
    • The Lazarus of the parable appears on crutches with dogs licking his leprous sores, a citation from Luke.
    • While leprous signs wracked the entire body, notably disfiguring the face, making public a private sin, it was on the genitals that the first signs of syphilis would appear.
  • 2Covered with scales; scaly.


Middle English: via Old French from late Latin leprosus, from Latin lepra 'scaly' (see leper).

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