lep·​rous | \ ˈle-prəs How to pronounce leprous (audio) \

Definition of leprous

1a : infected with leprosy
b : of, relating to, or resembling leprosy or a leper

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Other Words from leprous

leprously adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web The largest iteration of Audrey II squats upon the stage like a mammoth, leprous frog — a spectacle that is practically worth the price of admission all by itself. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "Lyric Stage’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is a garden of grisly delights," 6 Sep. 2019 And not be seen as leprous, or as condemned, or as diseased. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "'Broadway Bares' Performers Jay Armstrong Johnson & Christian Dante White Talk Stripping Down for Burlesque Benefit," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of leprous

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for leprous

Middle English, from Anglo-French leprus, from Late Latin leprosus, from lepra leprosy — more at leper

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“Leprous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leprous. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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lep·​rous | \ ˈlep-rəs How to pronounce leprous (audio) \

Medical Definition of leprous

1 : infected with leprosy
2 : of, relating to, or associated with leprosy or a leper leprous neuritis

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