- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈskɹɒfjʊləs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈskɹɔfjələs/
- Hyphenation: scro‧ful‧ous
- (pathology) Of, related to, or suffering from scrofula.
1757, John Rutty, A Methodical Synopsis of Mineral Waters, Comprehending the Most Celebrated Medicinal Waters, both Cold and Hot, of Great-Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, and Italy, and several other Parts of the World, London: Printed for William Johnston, at the Golden Ball in St. Paul's Church-Yard, OCLC 745173148, page 494:
1919, W[illiam] Somerset Maugham, chapter L, in The Moon and Sixpence. A Novel, London: William Heinemann, OCLC 563525353; The Moon and Sixpence, 1st American edition, [New York, N.Y.]: Grosset & Dunlap Publishers by arrangement with George H. Doran Company, 1919, OCLC 365836, page 264:
- Poor devil, he's gone to the dogs altogether. He's got some twopenny-halfpenny job in the medical at Alexandria—sanitary officer or something like that. I'm told he lives with an ugly old Greek woman and has half a dozen scrofulous kids.
- Morally degenerate; corrupt.
a scrofulous politician
morally degenerate; corrupt — see corrupt