plague definition

  • noun:
    • A widespread condition or calamity, specially one viewed as divine retribution.
    • a rapid destructive increase or injurious outbreak: a plague of locusts; a plague of accidents.
    • A cause of annoyance; a nuisance: "the plague of social jabbering” ( George Santayana).
    • an extremely infectious, often fatal, epidemic infection; a pestilence.
    • an extremely deadly infectious illness that's brought on by the bacterium Yersinia (syn. Pasturella ) pestis, is sent mostly by the bite of a rat flea, and takes place in bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic types.
    • The bubonic plague, the pestilent infection caused by the virulent bacterium Yersinia pestis.
    • An epidemic or pandemic caused by any pestilence, but particularly because of the preceding disease.
    • A widespread affliction, calamity or destructive influx, especially when viewed as divine retribution.
    • A grave annoyance, whatever greatly irritates
    • what smites, injuries, or difficulties; a blow; a calamity; any afflictive evil or torment; a good path or vexation.
    • An acute malignant infectious fever, that often prevails in Egypt, Syria, and chicken, and contains every so often went to the large urban centers of Europe with frightful mortality; ergo, any pestilence.
    • A blow or disaster; serious trouble or vexation; also, person who or that which problems or vexes, or ravages or destroys.
    • Any epidemic infection of large mortality.
    • As an expletive utilizing the article the, used such as the devil, the deuce, etc. Compare devil, 7.
    • any large-scale calamity (especially when considered sent by God)
    • an annoyance
    • any epidemic infection with increased death price
    • a-swarm of bugs that attack flowers
    • a critical (often fatal) illness of rats caused by Yersinia pestis and inadvertently transmitted to people by the bite of a flea that includes bitten an infected pet
  • verb-transitive:
    • To pester or annoy persistently or incessantly. See Synonyms at harass.
    • To afflict with or as if with a disease or calamity: "Runaway rising prices further plagued the wage- or salary-earner” ( Edwin O. Reischauer).
    • To infest or afflict with illness, calamity, or all-natural evil of any sort.
    • Fig.: To vex; to tease; to harass.
  • verb:
    • To harass, pester or annoy some one persistently or incessantly.
    • To afflict with an ailment or other disaster.
    • cause to experience a blight
    • annoy continuously or chronically
  • others:
    • To vex; harass; trouble; annoy; tease.
    • To infest with condition, disaster, or natural evil of any kind.
    • Synonyms Torment, Worry, etc. (identify tease), gall, bore.
    • To afflict.

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