1. relating to or affected with cancer

a cancerous growth

Similar to: ↑malignant
Derivationally related forms: ↑cancer
2. like a cancer; an evil that grows and spreads

remorse was cancerous within him


pornography is cancerous to the moral development of our children

Similar to: ↑malign

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