Plague definition

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Any of various highly infectious, usually fatal epidemic diseases.
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(bible) Any of various calamities sent down as divine punishment: Ex. 9:14, Num. 16:46
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An often fatal disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, transmitted to humans usually by fleas that have bitten infected rats or other rodents. &diamf3; Bubonic plague , the most common type, is characterized by the tender, swollen lymph nodes called buboes, fever, clotting abnormalities of the blood, and tissue necrosis. An epidemic of bubonic plague in fourteenth-century Europe and Asia was known as the Black Death.
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To afflict with a plague.
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To vex; harass; trouble; torment.
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A highly infectious epidemic disease, especially one with a high rate of fatality; a pestilence.
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To afflict with a disease or other calamity.

Natural catastrophies plagued the colonists till they abandoned the pestilent marshland.

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To pester or annoy persistently or incessantly.
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Anything that afflicts or troubles; calamity; scourge.
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(informal) A nuisance; annoyance.
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The definition of a plague is a widespread disease that is deadly.

An example of plague is the yellow feaver outbreak in New Orleans in 1852.

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A highly infectious, usually fatal, epidemic disease; a pestilence.
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A virulent, infectious disease that is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis (syn. Pasteurella pestis ) and is transmitted primarily by the bite of fleas from an infected rodent, especially a rat. In humans it occurs in bubonic form, marked by lymph node enlargement, and in pneumonic form, marked by infection of the lungs, and can progress to septicemia.
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A widespread affliction or calamity seen as divine retribution.
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An influx or large number of destructive or unwanted things, especially animals.
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Something that causes persistent hardship, trouble, or annoyance.
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To cause suffering or hardship for.
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To be a widespread or continuous problem or defect in.

Confusing jargon plagues the entire subject.

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(often used with the, sometimes capitalized: the Plague) The bubonic plague, the pestilent disease caused by the virulent bacterium Yersinia pestis.
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(pathology) An epidemic or pandemic caused by any pestilence, but specifically by the above disease.
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Ten Biblical plagues over Egypt, ranging from locusts to the death of the crown prince, finally forced Pharaoh to let Moses's people go.

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A grave nuisance, whatever greatly irritates.

Bart is an utter plague; his pranks never cease.

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Wikis are often plagued by vandalism.

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A virulent, infectious disease that is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis (syn. Pasteurella pestis ) and is transmitted primarily by the bite of fleas from an infected rodent, especially a rat. In humans it occurs in bubonic form, marked by lymph node enlargement, and in pneumonic form, marked by infection of the lungs, and can progress to septicemia.
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Any contagious epidemic disease that is deadly; esp., bubonic plague.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
plague
Plural:
plagues

Origin of plague

  • Middle English plage blow, calamity, plague from Late Latin plāga from Latin blow, wound plāk-2 in Indo-European roots V., Middle English plaghen from Middle Dutch from plaghe plague from Late Latin plāga

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English plage, from Old French plage, from Late Latin plāga (“blow, wound"), from plangō (“to strike"). Cognate with Middle Dutch plāghe (> Dutch plaag), plāghen (> Dutch plagen), Middle Low German plāge, pflāge, vlāge, Middle High German plāge (> German Plage), plāgen (> German plagen), Swedish plÃ¥ga, French plaie.

    From Wiktionary