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scurvy

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noun scur·vy \ ˈskər-vē \

Definition of scurvy

:a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C and characterized by spongy gums, loosening of the teeth, and a bleeding into the skin and mucous membranes

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Origin and Etymology of scurvy


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scurvy

adjective

Definition of scurvy

:arousing disgust or scorn :contemptible, despicable
  • a scurvy trick

scurvily

play \ˈskər-və-lē\ adverb

scurviness

play \ˈskər-vē-nəs\ noun

Examples of scurvy in a Sentence

  1. after winning the lottery, she was beset by a whole scurvy swarm of con artists, ne'er-do-wells, and hangers-on

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Origin and Etymology of scurvy

scurf

Synonym Discussion of scurvy

contemptible, despicable, pitiable, sorry, scurvy mean arousing or deserving scorn. contemptible may imply any quality provoking scorn or a low standing in any scale of values.
    • a contemptible liar
despicable may imply utter worthlessness and usually suggests arousing an attitude of moral indignation.
    • a despicable crime
pitiable applies to what inspires mixed contempt and pity.
    • a pitiable attempt at tragedy
sorry may stress pitiable inadequacy or may suggest wretchedness or sordidness.
    • this rattletrap is a sorry excuse for a car
scurvy adds to despicable an implication of arousing disgust.
    • a scurvy crew of hangers-on

SCURVY Defined for English Language Learners

scurvy

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noun

Definition of scurvy for English Language Learners

  • : a disease that is caused by not eating enough fruits or vegetables that contain vitamin C


SCURVY Defined for Kids

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scurvy

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noun scur·vy \ ˈskər-vē \

Definition of scurvy for Students

:a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C in which the teeth loosen, the gums soften, and there is bleeding under the skin

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scurvy

adjective

Definition of scurvy for Students

scurvier; scurviest
:2mean 1, contemptible
  • a scurvy trick

Medical Dictionary

scurvy

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noun scur·vy \ ˈskər-vē \

medical Definition of scurvy

plural scurvies
:a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C and characterized by spongy gums, loosening of the teeth, and bleeding into the skin and mucous membranes called also scorbutus


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