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Valetudinarian definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

VALETU'DINARY, a. [L. valetudinarius, from valetudo, from valeo, to be well.]
Sickly; weak; infirm; seeking to recover health.
, n. A person of a weak, infirm or sickly constitution; one who is seeking to recover health.
Valetudinarians must live where they can command and scold.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: of or relating to or characteristic of a person who is a valetudinarian [syn: valetudinarian, valetudinary] n
1: weak or sickly person especially one morbidly concerned with his or her health

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Latin valetudinarius sickly, infirm, from valetudin-, valetudo state of health, sickness, from val?re to be strong, be well more at wield Date: 1703 a person of a weak or sickly constitution; especially one whose chief concern is his or her ill health II. adjective Date: 1713 of, relating to, or characteristic of a valetudinarian ; sickly, weak

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. --n. a person of poor health or unduly anxious about health. --adj. 1 of or being a valetudinarian. 2 of poor health. 3 seeking to recover one's health. Derivatives: valetudinarianism n. Etymology: L valetudinarius in ill health f. valetudo -dinis health f. valere be well

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Valetudinarian 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Valetudinarian 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.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. Invalid, valetudinary. II. a. Weak, infirm, sickly, feeble, weakly, frail, invalid, valetudinary.

Moby Thesaurus

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