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  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; Middle English <Middle French, short for fievre ague acute fever <Latin febris acūta

Other words from ague

  • a·gue·like, adjective

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How to use ague in a sentence

  • To add to their troubles, fever and ague attacked most of the white men, and one of them (Ogilvie) died on the journey.

    Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
  • For a sick woman, to be sure, the ague fit had left its victim for that day, and she was feeling better.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • A severe attack of fever and ague was the result of Dorothy passing the night upon the heath.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • Again an ague of beauty caught him, and he needed to hurl himself full length upon the mats until the ecstacy was past.

    The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • Dale dragged himself to a sitting posture and began shivering as if suffering from ague.

    A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter

British Dictionary definitions for ague


/ (ˈeɪɡjuː) /

  1. a fever with successive stages of fever and chills esp when caused by malaria

  2. a fit of shivering

Origin of ague

C14: from Old French (fievre) ague acute fever; see acute

Derived forms of ague

  • aguish, adjective

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