Word of the week: crapulous


1. marked by intemperance, especially in eating and drinking  (e.g. “What a poor, ignorant, malicious, short-sighted, crapulous mass.” –  John Adams writing on Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense“)

2. sick from excessive indulgence in liquor (e.g. “I feel positively crapulous, I really shouldn’t have had that fifth Martini.”)

Etymology: From Latin crapulosus (“drunken”), from crapula (“intoxication”), from Ancient Greek κραιπάλη (kraipalē, “intoxication, hangover”)

Synonym: “crapulent” (exhibiting or relating to crapulence), from the same Latin root.

Suggestion: next time you’ve had a little too much to drink, consider using “crapulous” instead of describing your condition as sloshed, plastered, tanked, trashed, wasted or pissed. 


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