- Pathology. a malarial fever characterized by regularly returning paroxysms, marked by successive cold, hot, and sweating fits.
- 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; Middle English < Middle French, short for fievre ague acute fever < Latin febris acūta
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Examples from the Web for agues
Agues, according to arrangement, left him alone with his aunt.The Longest Journey
E. M. Forster
The nature of these agues is a question of great difficulty.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)
In Scotland, also, agues became epidemic about the year 1780.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)</p>
It has been recently proposed as a substitute for quinine in the cure of agues.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
A humid atmosphere or situation is one of the commonest causes of agues, asthmas, rheumatism, and numerous other diseases.
- a fever with successive stages of fever and chills esp when caused by malaria
- a fit of shivering
C14: from Old French (fievre) ague acute fever; see acute
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Word Origin and History for agues
"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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- A febrile condition, especially associated with malaria, characterized by alternating periods of chills, fever, and sweating.
- A chill or fit of shivering.
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