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[del-yooj, -yoozh, del-ooj, -oozh, dih-looj, -loozh] /ˈdɛl yudʒ, -yuʒ, ˈdɛl udʒ, -uʒ, dɪˈludʒ, -ˈluʒ/
noun
1.
a great flood of water; inundation; flood.
2.
a drenching rain; downpour.
3.
anything that overwhelms like a flood:
a deluge of mail.
4.
the Deluge, flood (def 3).
verb (used with object), deluged, deluging.
5.
to flood; inundate.
6.
to overrun; overwhelm:
She was deluged with congratulatory letters.
Origin of deluge
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Old French < Latin dīluvium flood, equivalent to dīluv-, base of dīluere to wash away, dissolve (dī- di2 + -luere, combining form of lavere to wash) + -ium -ium
Related forms
undeluged, adjective
Synonyms
1. See flood. 3. cataclysm, catastrophe.
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  • At night they were deluged with shrapnel and the cobblestones were chipped and scarred with machine-gun bullets.

    Kitchener's Mob James Norman Hall
  • Of course, I deluged them with large round five and ten centimes pieces.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • A tropical storm, not a typhoon, but a belated burst of the periodic rains, deluged the island before midnight.

  • It deluged them with water, and plastered them with flying seaweed and ice.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Immense torrents stream down the mountain sides; the valleys are deluged; plains turn into morasses, and morasses into lakes.

British Dictionary definitions for deluged

deluge

/ˈdɛljuːdʒ/
noun
1.
a great flood of water
2.
torrential rain; downpour
3.
an overwhelming rush or number: a deluge of requests
verb (transitive)
4.
to flood, as with water; soak, swamp, or drown
5.
to overwhelm or overrun; inundate
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin dīluvium a washing away, flood, from dīluere to wash away, drench, from di-dis-1 + -luere, from lavere to wash

Deluge

/ˈdɛljuːdʒ/
noun
1.
the Deluge, another name for the Flood
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Word Origin and History for deluged

deluge

v.

1590s; see deluge (n.). Related: Deluged; deluging.

deluge

n.

late 14c., from Old French deluge (12c.), earlier deluve, from Latin diluvium "flood, inundation," from diluere "wash away," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + -luere, comb. form of lavere "to wash" (see lave).

v.

1590s; see deluge (n.). Related: Deluged; deluging.

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