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 acūtaRelated formsa·gue·like, adjective
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Historical Examples of agues
Agues, according to arrangement, left him alone with his aunt.
The nature of these agues is a question of great difficulty.
In Scotland, also, agues became epidemic about the year 1780.
It has been recently proposed as a substitute for quinine in the cure of agues.
A humid atmosphere or situation is one of the commonest causes of agues, asthmas, rheumatism, and numerous other diseases.
British Dictionary definitions for agues
Derived Formsaguish, adjective
a fever with successive stages of fever and chills esp when caused by malaria
a fit of shivering
Word Origin for ague
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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