plague

[ pleyg ]
/ pleɪg /

noun

verb (used with object), plagued, pla·guing.


Nearby words

  1. plagioclase,
  2. plagioclimax,
  3. plagiohedral,
  4. plagiotropic,
  5. plagiotropism,
  6. plague vaccine,
  7. plague, the,
  8. plagues of egypt,
  9. plaguesome,
  10. plaguey

Origin of plague

1350–1400; Middle English plage < Latin plāga stripe, wound, Late Latin: pestilence

Related formspla·guer, nounan·ti·plague, noun, adjectiveun·plagued, adjective

Can be confusedplague plaque

Synonym study

6. See bother.

Plague, The

noun

(French La Peste), a novel (1947) by Albert Camus.
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British Dictionary definitions for plague

plague

/ (pleɪɡ) /

noun

verb plagues, plaguing or plagued (tr)

Derived Formsplaguer, noun

Word Origin for plague

C14: from Late Latin plāga pestilence, from Latin: a blow; related to Greek plēgē a stroke, Latin plangere to strike

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Medicine definitions for plague

plague

[ plāg ]

n.

A highly infectious, usually fatal, epidemic disease; a pestilence.
A highly fatal infectious disease that is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, is transmitted primarily by the bite of a rat flea, and occurs in bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic forms.

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Science definitions for plague

plague

[ plāg ]

Any of various highly infectious, usually fatal epidemic diseases.
An often fatal disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, transmitted to humans usually by fleas that have bitten infected rats or other rodents.Bubonic plague, the most common type, is characterized by the tender, swollen lymph nodes called buboes, fever, clotting abnormalities of the blood, and tissue necrosis. An epidemic of bubonic plague in fourteenth-century Europe and Asia was known as the Black Death.
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Culture definitions for plague

plague

[ (playg) ]

A highly contagious disease, such as bubonic plague, that spreads quickly throughout a population and causes widespread sickness and death.

Note

The term is also used to refer to widespread outbreaks of many kinds, such as a “plague of locusts.”

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Idioms and Phrases with plague

plague

see avoid like the plague.

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