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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The main letter writers-and the only ones to describe Harrogate--in Humphry Clinker are Matthew Bramble, a tetchy but generous-hearted valetudinarian who addresses his letters to his doctor, and his young nephew, Jery Melford, whose correspondent is a fellow student at Oxford.
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.