lazar

noun la·zar \ ˈla-zər , ˈlā- \

Definition of lazar

: a person afflicted with a repulsive disease; specifically : leper

Origin and Etymology of lazar

Middle English, from Medieval Latin lazarus, from Late Latin Lazarus


Medical Dictionary

lazar

noun la·zar \ ˈlaz-ər , ˈlā-zər \

medical Definition of lazar

: leper

Biographical Note for lazar

  • Laz*a*rus play \ˈlaz-(ə-)rəs\ Biblical character. Lazarus was a diseased beggar in a parable told by Jesus in the Gospel according to St. Luke. Apparently he was invented only for the purposes of the parable and has no historical basis. During the Middle Ages, however, he acquired the identity of an actual person, becoming in the process St. Lazarus, the patron saint of beggars and lepers.

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