from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to, affected with, or resembling scrofula.
  • adjective Morally degenerate; corrupt.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to scrofula, or partaking of its nature; having a tendency to scrofula: as, scrofulous tumors; a scrofulous habit of body.
  • Diseased or affected with scrofula.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to scrofula, or partaking of its nature.
  • adjective Diseased or affected with scrofula.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of, related to, or suffering from scrofula
  • adjective morally degenerate; corrupt

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective morally contaminated
  • adjective having a diseased appearance resembling scrofula
  • adjective afflicted with scrofula


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