plague

  • 1 Plague — may refer to:In medicine: * Plague (disease), a specific disease caused by Yersinia pestis . There are three major manifestations ** Bubonic plague ** Septicemic plague ** Pneumonic plague * Any bubo causing disease * A pandemic caused by such a… …

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  • 2 Plague — Plague, n. [L. plaga a blow, stroke, plague; akin to Gr. ?, fr. ? to strike; cf. L. plangere to strike, beat. Cf. {Plaint}.] 1. That which smites, wounds, or troubles; a blow; a calamity; any afflictive evil or torment; a great trail or vexation …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 plague — [plāg] n. [ME plage < MFr < L plaga, a blow, misfortune, in LL(Ec), plague < Gr plēgē, plaga < IE * plaga, a blow < base * plag , to strike > FLAW2] 1. anything that afflicts or troubles; calamity; scourge 2. any contagious… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Plague — Plague, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plagued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Plaguing}.] 1. To infest or afflict with disease, calamity, or natural evil of any kind. [1913 Webster] Thus were they plagued And worn with famine. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: To vex;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 plague — plague; plague·some; pseu·do·plague; …

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  • 6 plague — [n1] disease that is widespread affliction, contagion, curse, epidemic, hydra, infection, infestation, influenza, invasion, outbreak, pandemic, pestilence, rash, ravage, scourge; concept 306 plague [n2] annoyance, curse affliction, aggravation,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 plague — I verb afflict, aggravate, aggrieve, annoy, badger, bait, bedevil, beset, bother, browbeat, bullyrag, cross, devil, discommode, discompose, displease, disquiet, distress, disturb, exagitare, exasperate, exercere, fret, gall, gibe, grate, harry,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 plague — vb pester, tease, tantalize, harry, harass, *worry, annoy Analogous words: gall, fret, chafe (see ABRADE): *bait, badger, hector, hound, ride: torment, *afflict, try Contrasted words: *relieve, mitigate, lighten, assuage, alleviate …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 plague — ► NOUN 1) a contagious disease spread by bacteria and characterized by fever and delirium. 2) an unusually and unpleasantly large quantity of insects or animals. ► VERB (plagues, plagued, plaguing) 1) cause continual trouble or distress to. 2) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 plague — plaguer, n. /playg/, n., v., plagued, plaguing. n. 1. an epidemic disease that causes high mortality; pestilence. 2. an infectious, epidemic disease caused by a bacterium, Yersinia pestis, characterized by fever, chills, and prostration,… …

    Universalium

  • 11 Plague — The plague is an infectious disease due to a bacteria called Yersinia pestis. Y. pestis mainly infects rats and other rodents. Rodents are the prime reservoir for the bacteria. Fleas function as the prime vectors carrying the bacteria from one… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 12 plague — [[t]ple͟ɪg[/t]] plagues, plaguing, plagued 1) N COUNT: oft supp N A plague is a very infectious disease that spreads quickly and kills large numbers of people. A cholera plague had been killing many prisoners of war at the time. Syn: epidemic 2)… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 plague — Synonyms and related words: afflict, affliction, aggravate, aggravation, ail, ambulatory plague, anguish, annoy, annoyance, apply pressure, badger, bait, bane, be at, be the matter, bedevil, beleaguer, beset, besiege, bevy, bitch, black death,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 plague — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ bubonic ▪ great ▪ Nearly a third of the population died in the Great Plague. … OF PLAGUE ▪ outbreak ▪ …

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  • 15 plague — 01. International observers are fearing a cholera [plague] may break out, given the poor sanitary conditions, and the number of people weakened or dead of starvation. 02. A [plague] of locusts has completely destroyed all the vegetation over… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 16 plague — I UK [pleɪɡ] / US noun Word forms plague : singular plague plural plagues 1) a) [countable] any serious disease that spreads quickly to a lot of people and usually ends in death a plague of cholera b) the plague a disease that spreads quickly,… …

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  • 17 Plague —    A stroke of affliction, or disease. Sent as a divine chastisement (Num. 11:33; 14:37; 16:46 49; 2 Sam. 24:21). Painful afflictions or diseases, (Lev. 13:3, 5, 30; 1 Kings 8:37), or severe calamity (Mark 5:29; Luke 7:21), or the judgment of God …

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 18 plague — plague1 [pleıg] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: plage, from Latin plaga hit, wound ] 1.) a disease that causes death and spreads quickly to a large number of people ▪ drops in population levels due to plagues and famines 2.) [U] also… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 plague — plague1 [ pleıg ] noun 1. ) count any serious disease that spreads quickly to a lot of people and usually ends in death: a plague of cholera a ) the plague a disease that spreads quickly, causing a high fever, lumps on parts of your body, and in… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 plague — /pleɪg / (say playg) noun 1. an epidemic disease of high mortality; a pestilence. 2. Also, the plague, bubonic plague. an infectious, epidemic disease, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis and carried by fleas from rodents. Symptoms include… …

    Australian English dictionary