Scrofulous

Another word following the line of scorbutic that I just read in Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy. It is the adjectival form of scrofula, a desease that the Oxford American Dictionary says is related to tuberculosis and is marked by extreme glandular swelling.  Like scorbutic, however, I have never seen the word used in the literal sense.  It seems to always be used as negative commentary on one’s moral state.

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