an epidemic disease that causes high mortality; pestilence.
any widespread affliction, calamity, or evil, especially one regarded as a direct punishment by God: a plague of war and desolation.
any cause of trouble, annoyance, or vexation: Uninvited guests are a plague.
to trouble, annoy, or torment in any manner: The question of his future plagues him with doubt.
to annoy, bother, or pester: Ants plagued the picnickers.
to smite with a plague, pestilence, death, etc.; scourge: those whom the gods had plagued.
to infect with a plague; cause an epidemic in or among: diseases that still plague the natives of Ethiopia.
to afflict with any evil: He was plagued by allergies all his life.
- plaguer, noun
- an·ti·plague, noun, adjective
- un·plagued, adjective
- plague , plaque
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How to use plague in a sentence
That officer fretting about his “stance,” we learn, is plagued by PTSD that cripples him both on the job and at home.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops | Melissa Leon | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the F-35 has been plagued with massive delays and cost overruns—mostly due to design defects and software issues.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019 | Dave Majumdar | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Images of the hotel crop up repeatedly in his paintings, sometimes plagued by bats or monsters.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings | Melissa Leon | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the site has seen little of the decimation from heavy tourism that has plagued the northern pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
Sudan has been plagued by years of political instability, which has prevented tourism from gaining traction.
The plagued nation effected a revolution over its snuff-boxes in the happiest conceivable manner.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
He is stomach-plagued and old, And his curry soups will make thy cheek the colour of his gold.The Book of Humorous Verse | Various
Besides that, the sisters plagued her in all sorts of ways, and laughed at her.Grimms' Fairy Tales | The Brothers Grimm
Two things that plagued me were headache and constipation, and they were obviously related.The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society | Upton Sinclair
There are two inconvenient things in this world, a conscience and a tender heart, and Charley Vanderhuyn was plagued with both.Duffels | Edward Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for plague
any widespread and usually highly contagious disease with a high fatality rate
an infectious disease of rodents, esp rats, transmitted to man by the bite of the rat flea (Xenopsylla cheopis)
See bubonic plague
something that afflicts or harasses
informal an annoyance or nuisance
a pestilence, affliction, or calamity on a large scale, esp when regarded as sent by God
archaic used to express annoyance, disgust, etc: a plague on you
to afflict or harass
to bring down a plague upon
informal to annoy
- plaguer, noun
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Scientific definitions for plague
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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Cultural definitions for plague
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Other Idioms and Phrases with plague
see avoid like the plague.
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