-ulous, -ulously

(Latin: a suffix; tending to do, inclined to; full of)

1. Full of pustules or pimples.
2. Resembling, or covered with, pustules; pustulate; pustular.
querulous (adjective), more querulous, most querulous
1. Regarding an expression of complaint or grumbling: Flora was a nurse who tended to be querulous with her patients in the hospital; especially, near the end of her shift when she was easily upset by some of those who were uncooperative.
2. A reference to a person who is overcritical, discontented, or irritable: According to Mildred, she divorced her nagging and querulous husband because she could not tolerate him any longer.
3. Etymology: from Latin querulus, "full of complaints, complaining"; from queri-, "to complain."
Referring to finding fault.
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Characteristic of grumbling.
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Descriptive of finding fault about another person.
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querulously (adverb), more querulously, most querulously
A reference to being in a peevish, resenting, or dissatisfied manner: James was querulously reacting to what Dr. Pyott said had to be done to treat his ailment.
querulousness (s) (noun), querulousnesses (pl)
A reference to strong discontent or of being disagreeable: Kristine's querulousness made it very difficult to carry on a friendly conversation with her.
ridiculous (adjective), more ridiculous, most ridiculous
1. Descriptive of someone or something that is not being sensible or reasonable: Daniel makes a ridiculous amount of money for the kind of work that he is doing.

Sharon looks silly in that ridiculous outfit that she is wearing to school.

2. Etymology: from Latin ridiculosus, "laughable"; from ridere, "to laugh."
Relating to an absurd excuse.
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ridiculously (adverb), more ridiculously, most ridiculously
ridiculousness (s) (noun), ridiculousnesses (pl)
scaberulous (s) (adjective), more scaberulous, most scaberulous
Descriptive of that which is slightly rough to the touch: When Dave fell off his bicycle and onto the pavement, the scaberulous injuries on his body took a long time before they were completely healed.
1. Run-down, diseased, or shabby in appearance.
2. Morally corrupt, tainted, and degenerate.
3. Resembling, of the nature of, or affected with scrofula.
scrofulous abscess
A chronic abscess from infected bone or lymph nodes.
scrupulous (adjective), more scrupulous, most scrupulous
1. A reference to a person who is cautious about his or her actions for fear of doing something wrong; conscientious: Because Sharon is a scrupulous editor, she never misses any grammatical mistakes or misinformation when she proofreads articles for her newspaper.
2. Relating to a process which is exact, precise, and very careful: Richard's occupation as a bookkeeper requires a scrupulous attention to details.
3. Etymology: from Latin scrupulus, from scrupus; literally, "rough pebble"; figuratively, "anxiety".
Pertaining to being strictly honest or honorable.
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A reference to being exact and correct to the last detail.
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scrupulously (adverb), more scrupulously, most scrupulously
A reference to doing something with extreme conscientiousness; that is, in a careful manner or done with careful attention to details: Karen scrupulously cleaned the rooms in the hotel where she worked.
1. Conformity to high standards of ethics or excellence.
2. Paying strict attention to minute details.
3. Conscientious regard for duty, truth, propriety, or exactness; specifically, an attention to the dictates of one's conscience when making a decision or taking an action.
1. The quality of being constantly diligent and attentive.
2. Dedication and diligence.
sedulous (adjective), more sedulous, most sedulous
1. Characterized by being persevering and constant in an effort to accomplish a goal or an objective: The sedulous economists were in search of all of the latest facts and figures regarding what to expect in the current monetary conditions.
2. Etymology: borrowed from Latin sedulus, "attentive, painstaking"; probably evolved from the adverb sedulo, "sincerely, diligently"; representing an earlier Latin se dolo. "without deception or guile"; from se. "without" + dolo, dolus, "deception, guile" + suffix -ous, "having much, full of".
Diligent in pursuit or purpose.
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Constant and persevering in striving to achieve one's objective.
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