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[del-yooj, -yoozh, del-ooj, -oozh, dih-looj, -loozh]
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  1. a great flood of water; inundation; flood.
  2. a drenching rain; downpour.
  3. anything that overwhelms like a flood: a deluge of mail.
  4. the Deluge. flood(def 3).
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verb (used with object), del·uged, del·ug·ing.
  1. to flood; inundate.
  2. to overrun; overwhelm: She was deluged with congratulatory letters.
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Origin of deluge

1325–75; Middle English < Old French < Latin dīluvium flood, equivalent to dīluv-, base of dīluere to wash away, dissolve (dī- di2 + -luere, combining form of lavere to wash) + -ium -ium
Related formsun·del·uged, adjective

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1. See flood. 3. cataclysm, catastrophe.
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Related Words for deluge

inundation, spate, avalanche, barrage, cataclysm, torrent, drench, soak, flood, overwhelm, swamp, douse, submerge, overflow, overrun, engulf, teem, inundate, overload, overcrowd

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British Dictionary definitions for deluge


  1. a great flood of water
  2. torrential rain; downpour
  3. an overwhelming rush or numbera deluge of requests
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verb (tr)
  1. to flood, as with water; soak, swamp, or drown
  2. to overwhelm or overrun; inundate
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Word Origin for deluge

C14: from Old French, from Latin dīluvium a washing away, flood, from dīluere to wash away, drench, from di- dis- 1 + -luere, from lavere to wash


  1. the Deluge another name for the Flood
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Word Origin and History for deluge


late 14c., from Old French deluge (12c.), earlier deluve, from Latin diluvium "flood, inundation," from diluere "wash away," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + -luere, comb. form of lavere "to wash" (see lave).

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1590s; see deluge (n.). Related: Deluged; deluging.

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