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Definition chronic bacterial disease occurring in tropical and subtropical regions; characterized by inflamed nodules beneath the skin and wasting of body parts
  • Hundreds of thousands of new cases of leprosy are contracted each year; though it is rare in developed countries.
  • That momentary happiness had been smitten with a blight, a leprosy; Stephen thought more lightly of her than he did of Lucy.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • That won't do, says the leper, I barely have a hand left with the leprosy and I can't hold on and blow into your hand.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • They are used to gunfire and leprosy but not true love.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • And even then it's got to be to call your mother to say that the school nurse has just diagnosed leprosy or something.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • I know I am like a leprosy.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Her skin was as white as leprosy, The Nightmare Life-in-Death was she, Who thicks man's blood with cold.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • He believed himself to be rotting with a leprosy.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • During this time, leprosy was widespread on all the islands.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • But poverty may be as bad as leprosy, if it divides us from what we most care for.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • When he did, the rose-tan of his cheek looked struck as by white leprosy.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • He donated money to orphanages and leprosy clinics.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The royal Confessor was endowed by heaven with power to cleanse the ulcers of the body, but only God himself can cure the leprosy of the soul.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Yon ribaudred nag of Egypt,— Whom leprosy o'ertake!
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • But the most terrible of the afflictions were men and women with leprosy.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • Cecily repeats, making the word sound like leprosy or syphilis.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • One character fails to recover health but nearly wins the lottery, while another, although not cured of leprosy, sprouts sunflowers from his sores.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Park could tell her that he had lice and leprosy and parasitic worms living in his mouth, and she would still put on fresh ChapStick.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • If he could have infected the whole lot of them with leprosy or syphilis, how gladly he would have done so!
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He was a leper, and the polite name for leprosy was "the white skin."
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart

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