- 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
Examples from the Web for agues
Historical Examples of agues
Agues, according to arrangement, left him alone with his aunt.The Longest Journey
E. M. Forster
The nature of these agues is a question of great difficulty.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)
In Scotland, also, agues became epidemic about the year 1780.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
It has been recently proposed as a substitute for quinine in the cure of agues.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
A humid atmosphere or situation is one of the commonest causes of agues, asthmas, rheumatism, and numerous other diseases.
- a fever with successive stages of fever and chills esp when caused by malaria
- a fit of shivering
Word Origin for ague
"malarial fever," c.1300, from Old French ague "an acute fever," from Medieval Latin (febris) acuta "sharp (fever)," fem. of acutus "sharp" (see acute).
- A febrile condition, especially associated with malaria, characterized by alternating periods of chills, fever, and sweating.
- A chill or fit of shivering.