leper

noun lep·er \ ˈle-pər \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of leper

1 : a person affected with leprosy
2 : a person shunned for moral or social reasons

Examples of leper in a Sentence

  1. a convicted child molester who is treated as a leper wherever he goes

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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

leper Synonyms

Synonyms
castaway, castoff, outcast, offscouring, pariah, reject
Related Words
untouchable; outsider; deportee, exile
Near Antonyms
insider

LEPER Defined for English Language Learners

leper

noun

Definition of leper for English Language Learners

  • : a person who has leprosy

  • : someone who is disliked and avoided by other people


Medical Dictionary

leper

noun lep·er \ ˈlep-ər \

medical Definition of leper

: an individual affected with leprosy


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