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Meaning of VALETUDINARIAN

Pronunciation:  `vali'tood'nehreeun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  weak or sickly person especially one morbidly concerned with his or her health
  2. [adj]  of or relating to or characteristic of a person who is a valetudinarian
 

VALETUDINARIAN is a 14 letter word that starts with V.

 

 See Also: diseased person, sick person, sufferer

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Val`e*tu`di*na"ri*an\, a. [L. valetudinarius,
    from valetudo state of health, health, ill health, fr. valere
    to be strong or well: cf. F. val['e]tudinaire. See
    {Valiant}.]
    Of infirm health; seeking to recover health; sickly; weakly;
    infirm.
    
          My feeble health and valetudinarian stomach.
                                                   --Coleridge.
    
          The virtue which the world wants is a healthful virtue,
          not a valetudinarian virtue.             --Macaulay.
    
    
  2. \Val`e*tu`di*na"ri*an\, n.
    A person of a weak or sickly constitution; one who is seeking
    to recover health.
    
          Valetudinarians must live where they can command and
          scold.                                   --Swift.
    
    
 

 

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