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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.
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1. (Pathology) of, relating to, resembling, or having scrofula
2. morally degraded
ˈscrofulously adv
ˈscrofulousness n
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(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.
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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"
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[ˈskrɒfjʊləs] ADJescrofuloso
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adj (dated Med) → skrofulös; (depraved) → verkommen
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All abroad over the spacious floor, and clear down to the doors, in a thick jumble, lay or sat the scrofulous, under a strong light.
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.
What does it do: Other members of this family may be eaten as a famine food and have a variety of medicinal uses but this one, according to Culpepper, 'is directly opposite to other Sedums, and more likely to raise inflammations that cure them' but this did not prevent him prescribing it for scurvy (Vitamin C deficiency), The King's Evil (tuberculosis) and other scrofulous afflictions.
'My God, Wolfi, but you look scrofulous,' he said, awkwardly jesting away the child's damage, stripping him to the waist and washing him in a stream.
Sir Astley Cooper in 1829 recorded first case of breast tuberculosis and called it as "Scrofulous Swelling of the Bosom.
Yates responded with an article in The World entitled "A Scrofulous Scotch Poet" (26 Sept.
Wijeweera and his rag tags and later the scrofulous LTTE, armed and trained by India, taught SL extremely bitter lessons before succumbing.
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).