[del-yooj, -yoozh, del-ooj, -oozh, dih-looj, -loozh]
- to flood; inundate.
- to overrun; overwhelm: She was deluged with congratulatory letters.
Origin of deluge
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1. See flood. 3. cataclysm, catastrophe.
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Examples from the Web for deluge
Unfortunately, the deluge of details weighs the book down in parts.The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney
November 23, 2014
Divorce ensued, along with a deluge of humiliating media coverage.The Very Rich Should Divorce Very Quietly
November 6, 2014
The deluge comes from the ceiling, where excess rainwater has worked its way into the subway car from outside.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway
August 8, 2014
Meanwhile, the deluge of rain continues, in fits and starts.Rescue Efforts Were Delayed Following Deadly Landslide in Washington
March 26, 2014
It's a panicky move coming amid a deluge of corruption allegations a week before key elections.Turkey’s Useless Twitter Ban
March 21, 2014
There was no "let up" of the deluge throughout that day and Easter-Monday.
It seemed my only way of escape, and after that, the Deluge.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
The rain, falling in a deluge, was driven by a wind like a hurricane.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
It is here represented in an exaggerated sense, as a deluge.
The deluge is the flood which the great Yu regulated as minister of the Emperor Yau.
- a great flood of water
- torrential rain; downpour
- an overwhelming rush or numbera deluge of requests
- to flood, as with water; soak, swamp, or drown
- to overwhelm or overrun; inundate
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
- the Deluge another name for the Flood
Word Origin and History for deluge
1590s; see deluge (n.). Related: Deluged; deluging.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper