lep·​er | \ ˈle-pər How to pronounce leper (audio) \

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 on the Web In this documentary short, life in a leper colony is shown to the outside world. cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 Chief among the rudely treated are women of childbearing age and the denizens of a leper colony outside Nazareth’s gates. Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2022 When the audience sees climactic moments from the Gospels, such as Jesus’s miraculous healing of a leper, the events register as disruptions of the status quo. Chris Deville, The Atlantic, 27 June 2021 Many of Jesus ’ teachings revolve around the value of the outcast, the stranger, the leper and the suffering. Jory Fleming, WSJ, 17 June 2021 All these years later, Kuchel remains a leper to the O.C. GOP. Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2021 Weissmann should be obliged to go about wearing bells like a medieval leper to warn the unsuspecting of his approach. Conrad Black, National Review, 29 Sep. 2020 Set flamboyantly in the Holy Land, a miracle worker has arrived — just as one who, centuries before, healed a desperate leper who came before him after delivery of the Sermon on the Mount. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2020 For centuries, leper colonies and lazarettos had sequestered bodies and cargos suspected of carrying disease. Timothy Kent Holliday, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of leper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Leper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leper. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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Medical Definition of leper

: an individual affected with leprosy

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