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lep·er

 (lĕp′ər)
n.
1. A person affected by leprosy.
2. A person who is avoided by others; a pariah.

[Middle English, from lepre, leprosy, from Old French, from Late Latin lepra, from Greek lepros, scaly, from lepis, scale.]

leper

(ˈlɛpə)
n
1. (Pathology) a person who has leprosy
2. derogatory a person who is ignored or despised
[C14: via Late Latin from Greek lepra, noun use of lepros scaly, from lepein to peel]
Usage: Rather than talking about a leper or lepers, it is better to talk about a person with leprosy and people with leprosy

lep•er

(ˈlɛp ər)

n.
1. a person who has leprosy.
2. a person rejected or ostracized for unacceptable behavior, opinions, character, or the like; outcast.
[1350–1400; Middle English lepre leprosy < Latin lepra < Greek lépra, n. use of feminine of leprós scaly, akin to lépos scale, lépein to peel]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leper - a person afflicted with leprosyleper - a person afflicted with leprosy  
diseased person, sick person, sufferer - a person suffering from an illness
2.leper - a pariah who is avoided by others
castaway, outcast, pariah, Ishmael - a person who is rejected (from society or home)

leper

noun outcast, reject, untouchable, pariah, lazar (archaic) The article branded her a social leper.
Translations
شَخْص أبْرَص
malomocný
spedalsk
henkilöhyljeksiäspitaalinen
מצרע
leprás
holdsveikur maîur
raupsairaupsuotasis
lepras slimnieks, spitālīgais
trędowaty
malomocný
cüzzamlı kimse

leper

[ˈlepəʳ]
A. Nleproso/a m/f (also fig)
B. CPD leper colony Nleprosería f, colonia f de leprosos

leper

[ˈlɛpər] nlépreux/euse m/fleper colony nléproserie f

leper

nLeprakranke(r) mf, → Lepröse(r) mf (spec), → Aussätzige(r) mf (old, fig)

leper

[ˈlɛpəʳ] nlebbroso/a

leper

(ˈlepə) noun
a person who has leprosy.
ˈleprosy (-rəsi) noun
a contagious skin disease, causing serious and permanent damage to the body, including loss of fingers, nose etc.

lep·er

a. leproso-a, lazarino-a; que sufre de lepra.
References in classic literature ?
He also against the house of God was bold: A Leper once he lost and gain'd a King, AHAZ his sottish Conquerour, whom he drew Gods Altar to disparage and displace For one of SYRIAN mode, whereon to burn His odious offrings, and adore the Gods Whom he had vanquisht.
This king was a leper, and all his doctors had been unable to cure him, when a very clever physician came to his court.
Pulling her beautiful hair over her face, as the leper of old his mantle, she wailed out.
We become afraid that we ourselves might be as the leper or as the blind, and that no man would have care of us.
Her husband developed some hateful qualities; or shall we say that he contracted some loathsome disease, and became a leper or an imbecile?
In the busy street, in the crowded room, in the grind of work, in the whirl of pleasure, amid the many or amid the few--wherever men congregate together, wherever the music of human speech is heard and human thought is flashed from human eyes, there, shunned and solitary, the shy man, like a leper, stands apart.
Strangely enough, the house they point out to you now as his, has been turned into a leper hospital, and the inmates expose their horrid deformities and hold up their hands and beg for bucksheesh when a stranger enters.
When you look at yourself in the glass you see the typical appearance of the leper.
He remembered how for months, trusting in what they told him, he had implored God to heal him as He had healed the Leper and made the Blind to see.
Pierre was received as if he were a corpse or a leper.
While Stella read My Graves, punctuating its tragic paragraphs with chuckles, and Rusty slept the sleep of a just cat who has been out all night curled up on a Jane Andrews tale of a beautiful maiden of fifteen who went to nurse in a leper colony -- of course dying of the loathsome disease finally -- Anne glanced over the other manuscripts and recalled the old days at Avonlea school when the members of the Story Club, sitting under the spruce trees or down among the ferns by the brook, had written them.
He was sealed like a leper, and, weazen-faced and age- shrunken, he hobbled horribly from an ancient spear-thrust to the thigh that twisted his torso droopingly out of the vertical.