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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Crapulent \Crap"u*lent\ (-lent), Crapulous \Crap"u*lous\ (-l?s), a. [L. crapulentus, crapulosus: cf. F. crapuleux.] Surcharged with liquor; sick from excessive indulgence in liquor; drunk; given to excesses. [R.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1530s, "sick from too much drinking," from Latin crapula, from Greek kraipale "hangover, drunken headache, nausea from debauching." The Romans used it for drunkenness itself. English has used it in both senses. Related: Crapulously; crapulousness.


a. 1 Characterized by excessive eating or drinking. 2 Suffering physically from the consequences of excessive eating or drinking. 3 surcharged with liquor; sick from excessive indulgence in drinking or eating; drunk.

  1. adj. suffering from excessive eating or drinking; "crapulent sleep"; "a crapulous stomach" [syn: crapulent]

  2. given to gross intemperance in eating or drinking; "a crapulous old reprobate"

Usage examples of "crapulous".

He felt that, with a certain amount of drunkenness followed by crapulous meditation, that sonnet could be teased back to life.