crap·​u·​lous | \ ˈkra-pyə-ləs How to pronounce crapulous (audio) \

Definition of crapulous

1 : marked by intemperance especially in eating or drinking
2 : sick from excessive indulgence in liquor

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Crapulous may sound like a word that you shouldn't use in polite company, but it actually has a long and perfectly respectable history (although it's not a particularly kind way to describe someone). It is derived from the Late Latin adjective crapulosus, which in turn traces back to the Latin word crapula, meaning "intoxication." "Crapula" itself comes from a much older Greek word for the headache one gets from drinking. "Crapulous" first appeared in print in 1536. Approximately 200 years later, its close cousin "crapulence" arrived on the scene as a word for sickness caused by drinking. "Crapulence" later acquired the meaning "great intemperance especially in drinking," but it is not an especially common word.

Examples of crapulous in a Sentence

a crapulous wastrel who went through the family's once-fabulous fortune in less than a decade

First Known Use of crapulous

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crapulous

Late Latin crapulosus, from Latin crapula intoxication, from Greek kraipalē

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“Crapulous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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crap·​u·​lous | \ ˈkrap-yə-ləs How to pronounce crapulous (audio) \

Medical Definition of crapulous

1 : marked by intemperance especially in eating or drinking
2 : sick from excessive indulgence in liquor

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