So Italy faces a plague of maneuver, of futile deals, endemic deadlock, and, sooner rather than later, a new round of elections.
Clive Irving on the critical logistical failures of the largest triage since the plague.
In 1695, still under an imposed silence, she died in a plague sweeping the capital.
Over the last decade or two of American fiction, a plague has appeared, infecting novels with its affectations.
Scholars may quibble as to which film corresponds to which plague, especially because any number them seem like incurable boils.
It is no wonder that the plague of yellow fever has for centuries stalked remorselessly in its midst.
Some war, some plague, or famine they foresee, Some revelation hid from you and me.
The plague be in his fingers, quoth old John to himself, gin he haena smeared crocks an fat sheep, an a that has come in his way.
Thucydides, it is true, gives us a minute account of the plague.
What a plague business has he to be paddling up and down, contentedly doing his duty, like any city watchman?
late 14c., plage, "affliction, calamity, evil, scourge;" early 15c., "malignant disease," from Old French plage (14c.), from Late Latin plaga, used in Vulgate for "pestilence," from Latin plaga "stroke, wound," probably from root of plangere "to strike, lament (by beating the breast)," from or cognate with Greek (Doric) plaga "blow," from PIE *plak- (2) "to strike, to hit" (cf. Greek plazein "to drive away," plessein "to beat, strike;" Old English flocan "to strike, beat;" Gothic flokan "to bewail;" German fluchen, Old Frisian floka "to curse").
The Latin word also is the source of Old Irish plag (genitive plaige) "plague, pestilence," German Plage, Dutch plaage. Meaning "epidemic that causes many deaths" is from 1540s; specifically in reference to bubonic plague from c.1600. Modern spelling follows French, which had plague from 15c. Weakened sense of "anything annoying" is from c.1600.
late 15c., from Middle Dutch plaghen, from plaghe (n.) "plague" (see plague (n.)). Sense of "bother, annoy" it is first recorded 1590s. Related: Plagued; plaguing.
A highly infectious, usually fatal, epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague.