leper leper  /ˈlɛ pər/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a person afflicted with leprosy
  2. (n) a pariah who is avoided by others

Usage(s):

  1. The very word leper came to mean outcast.
  2. A lion sauntering down Broad Street could scarcely have disconcerted Philadelphians more than the news that for six years a leper had been wandering in their midst.
  3. As a child I was convinced even touching a spot a leper had rubbed against would lead to infection.

News

  • Scientists Go Medieval To Solve Ancient Leprosy Puzzle

    Look through a series of 15th century woodcuts, and you'll find that the leper is as much an icon of medieval art as the crown or the cross. Leprosy was so common in Europe during the Middle Ages that it's estimated 1 in 30 people was infected with the bacteria. But by the turn of the 16th...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting

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