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Definition of "scrofulous" []

  • Relating to, affected with, or resembling scrofula. (adjective)
  • Morally degenerate; corrupt: "a scrofulous, grim, darkly funny burlesque on art, celebrity, and love” ( Stephen Schiff). (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 "scrofulous" in a sentence
  • "Nevertheless to those weak habits with pale skins and large pupils of the eyes, whose degree of irritability is less than health requires, as in scrofulous, hysterical, and sonic consumptive constitutions,"
  • "But you forgot that we don’t need tent cities to complement our communities of vacant houses when we can put the homeless in scrofulous, overcrowded, tuberculosis spreading shelters."
  • "Whereas the negro constitution, being the opposite of all this, is not subject to Phthisis, although it partakes of what is called the scrofulous diathesis."