[del-yooj, -yoozh, del-ooj, -oozh, dih-looj, -loozh]


a great flood of water; inundation; flood.
a drenching rain; downpour.
anything that overwhelms like a flood: a deluge of mail.
the Deluge. flood(def 3).

verb (used with object), del·uged, del·ug·ing.

to flood; inundate.
to overrun; overwhelm: She was deluged with congratulatory letters.

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

Synonyms for deluge

1. See flood. 3. cataclysm, catastrophe. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deluged



a great flood of water
torrential rain; downpour
an overwhelming rush or numbera deluge of requests

verb (tr)

to flood, as with water; soak, swamp, or drown
to overwhelm or overrun; inundate

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



the Deluge another name for the Flood
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Word Origin and History for deluged



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



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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