verb (used with object), plagued, pla·guing.
Origin of plague
Synonyms for plague
Related Words for plagueinvasion, scourge, contagion, pandemic, epidemic, curse, infection, outbreak, influenza, infestation, blight, calamity, pest, cancer, bedevil, afflict, beleaguer, bother, haunt, torment
Examples from the Web for plague
Contemporary Examples of plague
Why is violence against women central to so many of the conflicts that plague the planet today?The Hidden Link Between Women and War
December 3, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of plague
They were sick-and so were the purest of their brethren—with the plague of sin.The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
All their calamities, except the plague, were the foreseen results of their own decision.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
The chief of a nation that prefers the pestilence of despotism to the plague of anarchy.The Devil's Dictionary
But as we come from the East, and as the East is the country of the plague—'
I have had the plague continually, ever since I have been here.
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.