verb (used with object), plagued, pla·guing.
- plague vaccine,
- plague, the,
- plagues of egypt,
Origin of plague
Examples from the Web for plague
Why is violence against women central to so many of the conflicts that plague the planet today?
Spread happens easily, however, and epidemics are propagated when the third form of plague occurs: pneumonia plague.
As I described in an article over the summer when the fatal case in China was diagnosed, plague has three distinct clinical forms.
The plague made a brief appearance in China earlier this year and continues in the U.S. with a few cases annually.
A plague outbreak in Madagascar has killed 40 people so far, and due to antibiotic resistance, it could kill many more.
At Sandwich, in the June of 1349, the plague was still raging.The Great Pestilence (A.D. 1348-9)|Francis Aidan Gasquet
Can anyone, in view of these facts, feel surprised that "a plague on both your Houses" expresses the feelings of the Irish people.Ireland and the Home Rule Movement|Michael F. J. McDonnell
The plague of Lichfield in 1645-46, like that of Bristol, went on during a constant state of military turmoil.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)|Charles Creighton
Preventive medicine has achieved no other work comparing in magnitude and importance with the extinction of the plague in Europe.
The strife over the Statute of Labourers grew fiercer and fiercer, and a return of the plague heightened the public distress.History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)|John Richard Green
verb plagues, plaguing or plagued (tr)
Word Origin for plague
late 14c., plage, "affliction, calamity, evil, scourge;" early 15c., "malignant disease," from Old French plage (14c.), from Late Latin plaga, used in Vulgate for "pestilence," from Latin plaga "stroke, wound," probably from root of plangere "to strike, lament (by beating the breast)," from or cognate with Greek (Doric) plaga "blow," from PIE *plak- (2) "to strike, to hit" (cf. Greek plazein "to drive away," plessein "to beat, strike;" Old English flocan "to strike, beat;" Gothic flokan "to bewail;" German fluchen, Old Frisian floka "to curse").
The Latin word also is the source of Old Irish plag (genitive plaige) "plague, pestilence," German Plage, Dutch plaage. Meaning "epidemic that causes many deaths" is from 1540s; specifically in reference to bubonic plague from c.1600. Modern spelling follows French, which had plague from 15c. Weakened sense of "anything annoying" is from c.1600.
late 15c., from Middle Dutch plaghen, from plaghe (n.) "plague" (see plague (n.)). Sense of "bother, annoy" it is first recorded 1590s. Related: Plagued; plaguing.
see avoid like the plague.