valetudinarian


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Synonyms for valetudinarian

weak or sickly person especially one morbidly concerned with his or her health

of or relating to or characteristic of a person who is a valetudinarian

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Wholly exasperated by Thoreau's abstinence from wine and spirits, which Stevenson attributed to the same valetudinarian healthfulness, the tippling oenophile (in Silverado Squatters he would devote as many pages to appraising fledgling California wines as to describing the sea fogs) fired off this patronizing shot: "his palate [was] so unsophisticated that, like a child, he disliked the taste of wine--or perhaps, living in America, had never tasted any that was good" (Familiar Studies 140).
His intellect has become sluggish and enfeebled, and if his evil habits are persisted in, he may end in becoming a driveling idiot or a peevish valetudinarian.
Many personal physicians over the years have lacked the professional integrity that is arguably more vital for the valetudinarian celebrity.
Smollett's (in Travels) and Bramble's valetudinarian state and the irritation caused by it enable their unique vantage point.
The last statement might be valetudinarian, but it supports the
1) The valetudinarian Matthew Bramble harbors a longstanding grudge against cities like Bath--"I found nothing but disappointment at Bath" (31)--and London--which has developed into "an overgrown monster" and "an immense wasteland" (82, 83) and whose inhabitants are all "resolved into the grand source of luxury and corruption"--with its ways of living "actuated by the demons of profligacy and licentiousness" (83, 84).
They were very rich and so were very marriageable and eventually each made a serious alliance: Margaret to a famous Scottish minister of valetudinarian disposition and wide erudition, Agnes to the keeper of manuscripts at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, a fire-cracker of a mind.
The later work of Gunter Grass is seen as valetudinarian not only in a way appropriate to the generation of fathers and grandfathers, but also in a broader political and aesthetic sense.
The reasons for Conrad's creative slowdown are touched upon in almost every letter during this period and are indirectly broached in his valetudinarian wish on 2 April 1921 that his "dear friend" Edmund Candler and his family "will find peace of mind and comfort of body which make up the sum of daily happiness--that minimum that makes life tolerable" (CL 7:444).
Fitting gives us the chance to reacquaint ourselves with the fascinating Journey of Niels Klim to the World Underground (1741) by Ludvig Holberg, mentioned by Poe as appropriate reading-matter for that etiolated valetudinarian, Roderick Usher.
And while they still call to mind a walking tour of historic Britain as reimagined by a PlayStation designer, Dudley's CGI projections have at least been stabilized so they no longer provide the kind of nerve-jarring experience that would make the novel's valetudinarian Mr.
In their fascinating and eloquent valetudinarian correspondence, Adams and Jefferson had a great deal to say about religion.
Bates is entirely sustained by her daughter's plentiful, unseasoned conversation, the discursive equivalent of the wholesome gruel the valetudinarian Mr.
For the valetudinarian and, in daily life, quite impractical Lenin, having at hand his sisters and the highly efficient Nadezhda outweighed romantic love.
A group of people travels through England and Scotland at a pace largely determined by the valetudinarian Matthew Bramble rather than, as was the case in Roderick Random, by the multitude of actions crowding in on the hero.