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Definition of "cankerous" [can•ker•ous]

  • Marked by or infected with canker; ulcerous. (adjective)
  • Causing canker; ulcerating. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cankerous" in a sentence
  • "I suspect the cause of much of all this (if you exclude the cankerous meddlings of that fetid pile of manure called politicians) seems to be the constant drive for change – pushed on by the mistaken belief that to get promoted you have to change things."
  • "Further reflecting the Order's teachings, only the sinful were shown naked, so that all could see their detestable cankerous bodies."
  • "In health care, lockstep Republican opposition caused months of delay, and empowered the likes of Connecticut\'s embittered Senator Joe Lieberman and Nebraska\'s compromised Ben Nelson to exact cankerous concessions to forge a super-majority."