One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who is unduly anxious about their health.
hypochondriac, neurotic, invalid, valetudinaryView synonyms
- ‘Dietetic recommendations aimed at the cultivation of mind were replaced around the middle of the century by characterisations of polite urban eaters as valetudinarians and the creation of a market for health advice and products.’
- ‘The wonder is that valetudinarians have not more frequently availed themselves of the advantages it offers, instead of having recourse to watering-places.’
- ‘The English people are a nation of valetudinarians, but there is not sufficient nutriment in their food, which seems to consist mainly of chilled meat.’
- ‘I replied by giving him a full, complete, and accurate history of my ailments, after the manner of valetudinarians.’
- ‘Emma, a clever, pretty, and self-satisfied young woman, is the daughter, and mistress of the house, of Mr Woodhouse, an amiable old valetudinarian.’
- 1.1 A person suffering from poor health.
sick person, case, sufferer, victimView synonyms
- ‘The group highly recommended with the vaccination include citizens above 60 years old, people with chronic diseases, valetudinarians, medical workers, primary school students and kindergartners.’
- ‘Here are always to be seen a great number of valetudinarians from the West Indies, seeking for the renovation of health, exhausted by the debilitating nature of their sun, air, and modes of living.’
- ‘A trickle of visitors soon turned to a flood and the Silesian peasant was, by the beginning of the 1840s, personally ministering to hundreds of valetudinarians a year.’
- ‘The number of valetudinarians continued to decrease and the Spa House became in time the headquarters of the roistering Rakes of Mallow.’
- ‘In the western part of the parish is a valley encircled with hills, celebrated for goats’ milk, which is in much request by valetudinarians, who resort hither during the summer months.’
1Showing undue concern about one's health.‘the valetudinarian English’
hypochondriac, self-obsessed, neurotic, obsessed with one's healthView synonyms
- ‘In their fascinating and eloquent valetudinarian correspondence, Adams and Jefferson had a great deal to say about religion.’
- 1.1 Suffering from poor health.
unwell, sick, not well, not very well, ailing, poorly, sickly, peaky, afflicted, indisposed, infirm, liverishView synonyms
- ‘Diseases cannot be cured by mummifying the valetudinarian victim's mortal vessel in bandages.’
Early 18th century: from Latin valetudinarius ‘in ill health’ (from valetudo ‘health’, from valere ‘be well’) + -an.
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