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1. Relating to, affected with, or resembling scrofula.
2. Morally degenerate; corrupt: "a scrofulous, grim, darkly funny burlesque on art, celebrity, and love" (Stephen Schiff).

scrof′u·lous·ly adv.
scrof′u·lous·ness n.


1. (Pathology) of, relating to, resembling, or having scrofula
2. morally degraded
ˈscrofulously adv
ˈscrofulousness n


(ˈskrɒf yə ləs)

1. pertaining to, resembling, of the nature of, or affected with scrofula.
2. morally tainted.
scrof′u•lous•ly, adv.
scrof′u•lous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.scrofulous - afflicted with scrofula
ill, sick - affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function; "ill from the monotony of his suffering"
2.scrofulous - morally contaminated; "denounce the scrofulous wealth of the times"- J.D.Hart
immoral - deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
3.scrofulous - having a diseased appearance resembling scrofula; "our canoe...lay with her scrofulous sides on the shore"- Farley Mowat
ugly - displeasing to the senses; "an ugly face"; "ugly furniture"


[ˈskrɒfjʊləs] ADJescrofuloso


adj (dated Med) → skrofulös; (depraved) → verkommen
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I judged that a sharp, bright new nickel, with a first-rate like- ness of the king on one side of it and Guenever on the other, and a blooming pious motto, would take the tuck out of scrofula as handy as a nobler coin and please the scrofulous fancy more; and I was right.
It is allowed, that senates and great councils are often troubled with redundant, ebullient, and other peccant humours; with many diseases of the head, and more of the heart; with strong convulsions, with grievous contractions of the nerves and sinews in both hands, but especially the right; with spleen, flatus, vertigos, and deliriums; with scrofulous tumours, full of fetid purulent matter; with sour frothy ructations: with canine appetites, and crudeness of digestion, besides many others, needless to mention.
I'm told he lives with an ugly old Greek woman and has half a dozen scrofulous kids.
Upon the Sandwich Islands it has been employed with no small success in the treatment of scrofulous affections, and in combating the ravages of a disease for whose frightful inroads the ill-starred inhabitants of that group are indebted to their foreign benefactors.
Andrey Semyonovitch was an anaemic, scrofulous little man, with strangely flaxen mutton-chop whiskers of which he was very proud.
Add in the highly detailed hand-drawn maps, the exquisite water colours of exotic mammals, birds and snakes, the diagrams of the scrofulous leg rotting results of scurvy--and you have in your hands a book which is a visual feast, before you have even read a word of text.
It is now a herbal treatment for skin eruptions, scrofulous eczema, psoriasis, pemphigus (itching fluid filled blisters), swollen glands, piles, appendicitis, and lumps in the breast, mastitis, topical ulcers, boils, burns and slow healing wounds.
Johnson reported that many local Maori spent 'half their time' bathing (ibid) and speculated that although this might be therapeutic and beneficial to the skin, it may also be the cause of disease, resulting in children 'disfigured by glandular swellings about the neck, and other scrofulous tumours' (ibid).
10) Hoffman's scrofulous, tubercular homosexual "Ratso" Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy (1969)--his next major role after The Graduate--appears to tap into this queer tradition when he tells his tall, blond, macho buddy Joe Buck (Jon Voight), that "cowboy stuff is strictly for fags.
Emma's decision to have her daughter suckled in such dirty, impoverished surroundings replete with evidence of overcrowding, malnourishment and disease (including the "poor puny little boy, his face covered with a scrofulous rash" [77]), seems an almost hyperbolic expression of her disinclination to motherhood.
It was not a bundle of laughs given the devastating climatic blip of the Little Ice Age, the military monotony of the Hundred Years War and the terrors of the Black Death which carried o millions in scrofulous agony.