valetudinarian


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valetudinarian

, valetudinary
1. a person who is or believes himself to be chronically sick; invalid
2. a person excessively worried about the state of his health; hypochondriac
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Austen's lively account of the annual ball at Kempshott Park would have been the valetudinarian Mr.
His letters to family members were more dutiful, and there was a certain ambivalence in his remarks about his valetudinarian wife: "I feel every time she works that she has real genius .
No valetudinarian, Cher's single parent father suffers from serial failed marriages and work-a-holism, and may thus be considered comparably dysfuntional.
We were sort of valetudinarians, that is someone that goes to a lot of trouble to make sure they don't fall ill.
to sweet music" with the end result "making valetudinarians of us all" (qtd in Tillotson, p.
Such women were to be recognized neither as valetudinarians nor as scullery maids and household drudges, but, rather, as efficient household managers who were recovering the heritage of Republican Mothers while devoutly laying claim to the household as their rightful domain.