Definition of leper
1 : a person affected with leprosy
2 : a person shunned for moral or social reasons
Examples of leper in a Sentence
a convicted child molester who is treated as a leper wherever he goes
Recent Examples of leper from the Web
During my childhood in the 90s many communities treated gay men like lepers.
The few lawyers who dared represent these individuals were treated as lepers.
St. Marianne Cope, O.S.F, missionary to the lepers of Molokai, Hawaii, Jan. 23.
St. Damien de Veuster of Molokai, SS.CC., missionary to the lepers of Molokai, Hawaii, May 10.
I was just ramped with fear and hatred of those lepers.
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Origin and Etymology of leper
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from lepre leprosy, from Late Latin lepra, from Greek, from lepein to peel; perhaps akin to Lithuanian lopas piece, scrap
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
LEPER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of leper for English Language Learners
: a person who has leprosy
: someone who is disliked and avoided by other people
Medical Definition of leper
: an individual affected with leprosy
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