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ague

[ey-gyoo] /ˈeɪ gyu/
noun
1.
Pathology. a malarial fever characterized by regularly returning paroxysms, marked by successive cold, hot, and sweating fits.
2.
a fit of fever or shivering or shaking chills, accompanied by malaise, pains in the bones and joints, etc.; chill.
Origin of ague
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Middle French, short for fievre ague acute fever < Latin febris acūta
Related forms
aguelike, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ague
Historical Examples
  • "Yes, and catch their deaths of fever and ague," said Mrs. Bartlett.

  • I was but a fortnight in the hospital, the disease being only the fever and ague.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Fortunately for me, there were two cases of fever and ague in the ship.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Clearly his fears had been realised, and he had had an attack of the Persian ague.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He opened his eyes to find the lad shivering as with an ague.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • The climate is tropical, and malaria, with its fever and ague, is prevalent.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • The result for myself was a severe attack of fever and ague.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • You were all licked there, or you died of the ague, or jaundice?

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • He shivered as one with an ague and shook off the deadly influence of the idea.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • For a minute I thought one of them 'Frisco ague spells had come east.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for ague

ague

/ˈeɪɡjuː/
noun
1.
a fever with successive stages of fever and chills esp when caused by malaria
2.
a fit of shivering
Derived Forms
aguish, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French (fievre) ague acute fever; see acute
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Word Origin and History for ague
n.

"malarial fever," c.1300, from Old French ague "an acute fever," from Medieval Latin (febris) acuta "sharp (fever)," fem. of acutus "sharp" (see acute).

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ague in Medicine

ague a·gue (ā'gyōō)
n.

  1. A febrile condition, especially associated with malaria, characterized by alternating periods of chills, fever, and sweating.

  2. A chill or fit of shivering.

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