- the communication of disease by direct or indirect contact.
- a disease so communicated.
- the medium by which a contagious disease is transmitted.
- harmful or undesirable contact or influence.
- the ready transmission or spread as of an idea or emotion from person to person: a contagion of fear.
Origin of contagion
Related Words for contagionpollution, virus, illness, contamination, pestilence, transmission, taint, poison, bane, venom, plague, miasma, corruption
Examples from the Web for contagion
Contemporary Examples of contagion
In addition, the protests had been largely contained to very specific areas and the fear of contagion never materialized.Police Brutality Inflames Hong Kong
October 15, 2014
As scary as contagion can seem, nobody should be panicking, no matter which virus happens to be making the headlines.What You Need to Know About Enterovirus
October 3, 2014
Further, the contagion effect of suicide and the resultant attention to it is a well-documented phenomenon.'Genie, You're Free': Suicide Is Not Liberation
August 12, 2014
But although desire cannot be imparted by argument, it can be by contagion.The Real Memorial Day: Oliver Wendell Holmes's Salute To A Momentous American Anniversary
May 26, 2014
In fact, we have been inoculated from the experience of contagion.When TB Was a Death Sentence: An Excerpt From ‘The Remedy’
April 16, 2014
Historical Examples of contagion
He had caught the contagion of her mood and vague alarm swept him.Within the Law
I see already that from the world, vile as it is, you have nothing of contagion to fear.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
The old sores which are bathed have nothing to fear, and offer no risk of contagion.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The very spectacle of that form which I had learned to love is mildew and contagion to my eyes.Imogen
When the cure is effected, let the clothes be carefully fumigated with sulphur, or the contagion will again be communicated.
- the transmission of disease from one person to another by direct or indirect contact
- a contagious disease
- another name for contagium
- a corrupting or harmful influence that tends to spread; pollutant
- the spreading of an emotional or mental state among a number of peoplethe contagion of mirth
Word Origin for contagion
late 14c., from Old French contagion, from Latin contagionem (nominative contagio) "a touching, contact, contagion," related to contingere "touch closely" (see contact (n.)).
- Disease transmission by direct or indirect contact.
- A disease that is or may be transmitted by direct or indirect contact; a contagious disease.
- The direct cause, such as a bacterium or virus, of a communicable disease.
- The spread of a behavior pattern, attitude, or emotion from person to person or group to group through suggestion, propaganda, rumor, or imitation.
- The transmission of an infectious disease resulting from direct or indirect contact between individuals or animals.
- A disease that is transmitted in this way.
- The agent that causes a contagious disease, such as a bacterium or a virus.