She praised his “goofy but contagious” smile, his “California cool.”
This makes the third date a natural moment to fess up about any contagious diseases.
If a critical mass of people is afraid or is convinced to fear, the signal is contagious.
In researching The Illustrious Dead, I was astonished to learn that Napoleon had a rather unique view of contagious disease.
These “folk videos,” as I call them, are very similar to folk songs; contagious and primitive.
His zeal was of that kind which is contagious and kindles responsive fire.
They are contagious, not as cholera is contagious, but contact with others is essential to them.
There was universal exultation and a contagious delirium of returning loyalty.
These sexual diseases are contagious—that is, transmitted by contact.
The armed invasion of the anabaptists was repelled, but their contagious madness spread.
contagious con·ta·gious (kən-tā'jəs)
Of or relating to contagion.
Transmissible by direct or indirect contact; communicable.
Capable of transmitting disease; carrying a disease.
Our Living Language : A contagious disease is one that can be transmitted from one living being to another through direct or indirect contact. Thus the flu, which can be transmitted by coughing, and cholera, which is often acquired by drinking contaminated water, are contagious diseases. Although infectious is also used to refer to such diseases, it has a slightly different meaning in that it refers to diseases caused by infectious agents—agents such as viruses and bacteria that are not normally present in the body and can cause an infection. While the notion of contagiousness goes back to ancient times, the idea of infectious diseases is more modern, coming from the germ theory of disease, which was not proposed until the later nineteenth century. Contagious and infectious are also used to refer to people who have communicable diseases at a stage at which transmission to others is likely.