leper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n leper a pariah who is avoided by others
    • n leper a person afflicted with leprosy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Leper lĕp"ẽr A person affected with leprosy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n leper Leprosy.
    • n leper A person affected with leprosy.
    • n leper An obsolete form of leaper.
    • leper To strike with leprosy; leperize; taint with leprosy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Leper lep′ėr one affected with leprosy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lepre, leprosy, F. lèpre, L. leprae, lepra, fr. Gr. le`pra, fr. lepro`s scaly, fr. le`pos scale, le`pein to peel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. lepralepros, scaly—lepos, a scale—lepein, to peel off.

Usage

In literature:

And he knew that he was in the hands of the Leper himself.
"Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories" by Arthur Christopher Benson
We heard from them that there is only one leper on the island and he lives alone in the hills.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
He is a leper, and his sentence is that of a living death in a strange land.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
The leper is often the last to suspect his danger, for the disease is painless in its early stages.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
Tom looked at him as one might look at a leper.
"Army Boys on the Firing Line" by Homer Randall
At Molokai, the Leper Island, he played croquet with the little girls; refusing to wear gloves, lest he should remind them of their condition.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But what mean ye about being a leper?
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
We speak of the churchyard as "haunted," and we recoil in horror from the leper-house or the cholera-camp.
"Preventable Diseases" by Woods Hutchinson
I might have been a leper, but even lepers have colonies, and some one to be kind to them ... not dead, not alive ... and alone.
"The Wind Bloweth" by Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
It seemed as if she was regarding me almost with horror, as if I were a sort of a leper.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
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In poetry:

Oft as the leper's case I read,
My own described I feel;
Sin is a leprosy indeed,
Which none but Christ can heal.
"The Leper" by John Newton
"I stanch with ice my burning breast,
With silence balm my whirling brain.
Oh, Brandan! to this hour of rest
That Joppan leper's ease was pain."—
"Saint Brandan" by Matthew Arnold
Before Elisha's gate
The Syrian leper stood;
But could not brook to wait,
He deemed himself too good:
He thought the prophet would attend,
And not to him a message send.
"Naaman" by John Newton
A great Physician, too, is He,
Whose word, the leper purifies;
The mute converse, the blind ones see;
At his command, the dead arise;
He cures the ravages of sin,
And makes the foulest sinner clean.
"Echoes From Galilee." by Alfred Castner King
London or Tarshish, Rome and Paris our delights
have gilded and thereon have soil'd them: first and last,
flush'd with our wine and song, has shudder'd at our nights,
and cast us, lepers, out into the ancient waste.
""The yellow gas is fired from street to street. ."" by Christopher Brennan
Where is the multitude that fed,
With loaves and fishes comfortèd?
The blind Thou mad'st to see? the lame
That walked? the one leper who came
Of nine made clean? The dumb that spoke?
Where are they -- all Thy loving folk?
"The Deserted" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

"I've heard people say it would be a nice resort," said 81-year-old Barbara Marks, one of 17 lepers who remain at the tropical colony.
These lepers live in an abandoned building in Madhapur, Andhra Pradesh.
We drove 45 minutes from Hyderabad to talk with some lepers who live in an abandoned building on the edge of the village of Madhapur.
On That Spooky New York Leper Colony Everyone Is Talking About.
Aardman Animation to Change Scene Featuring Leper Boat in 'Band of Misfits'.
Don't you know these people are lepers here.
A story of heartbreak and survival in the leper colony of Molokai .
1 items are tagged with lepers.
The story of the ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19) appears often in instructional material for children.
The 51-year-old fashion designer and Project Runway judge tied the knot with longtime love Lance LePere Tuesday in Southampton, NY, WWD reports.
Tribu Glam 77 percent wool flatweave rug in red print with latex backing by Lepere, 212-488-7000.
Inmates say they feel like lepers.
He hung around with lepers, hookers and crooks.
This is a story about amazing beauty, imagination and magical effects — and it begins, ironically enough, at a one-time leprosarium, or hospital for lepers, in Beauvais, France, a small town outside Paris.
They remained at this leper colony for the rest of their lives, far away from family and friends.
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