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Definitions of cancerous

  1. like a cancer; an evil that grows and spreads; "remorse was cancerous within him"; "pornography is cancerous to the moral development of our children" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Of or like a cancer. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3. Like a cancer. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for cancerous

  1. Here and there in the crowd appear all forms of affliction- hideous lepers and other victims of cancerous and ulcerous diseases, with the noses, lips, fingers and feet eaten away; paralytics in all stages of the disease, people whose limbs are twisted with rheumatism, men and women covered with all kinds of sores, fanatical ascetics with their hair matted with mud and their bodies smeared with ashes, ragged tramps, blind and deformed beggars, women leading children or carrying infants in their arms, handsome rajahs, important officials attended by their servants and chaplains, richly dressed women with their faces closely veiled, dignified and thoughtful Brahmins followed by their disciples, farmers, laborers bearing the signs of toil, and other classes of human society in every stage of poverty or prosperity. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis
  2. Like an excrescence on the flank of Mother Earth herself, the mound loomed; like an unhealthy, cancerous growth. – The Raid on the Termites by Paul Ernst
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