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scrofulous

Postby Bailey » Fri Jul 07, 2006 1:21 am

[quote]scrof·u·lous (skrfy-ls)
adj.
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.



scrofu·lous·ly adv.
scrofu·lous·ness n.

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ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words AntonymsAdj. 1. scrofulous - afflicted with scrofula
ill, sick - not in good physical or mental health; "ill from the monotony of his suffering"
2. scrofulous - morally contaminated; "denounce the scrofulous wealth of the times"- J.D.Hart
immoral - violating 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 and morally revolting; "an ugly face"; "ugly furniture"; "war is ugly"
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Postby gailr » Fri Jul 07, 2006 5:40 pm

I wondered if scruffy might be related. They both have associations with the neck, but weren't cross-referenced in my sources.
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