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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

plague*pleɪg(n.; v.)plagued, pla•guing.

  1. (n.)an epidemic disease that causes high mortality; pestilence.

    Category: Pathology

  2. an infectious, epidemic disease caused by a bacterium, Yersinia pestis, characterized by fever, chills, and prostration, transmitted to humans from rats by means of the bites of fleas.

    Category: Pathology

    Ref: Compare bubonic plague.

  3. any widespread affliction, calamity, or evil.

  4. any cause of trouble, annoyance, or vexation.

  5. (v.t.)to trouble, annoy, or torment in any manner.

  6. to smite with a plague or pestilence.

  7. to cause an epidemic in or among.

  8. to afflict with any evil.

* Syn: See bother.

Origin of plague:

1350–1400; ME plage < LL plāga pestilence, L: stripe, wound


Princeton's WordNet

  1. plague, pestilence, pest, pestis(noun)

    a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal

  2. plague, pestilence, pest(noun)

    any epidemic disease with a high death rate

  3. infestation, plague(noun)

    a swarm of insects that attack plants

    "a plague of grasshoppers"

  4. plague(noun)

    any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)

  5. plague(verb)

    an annoyance

    "those children are a damn plague"

  6. blight, plague(verb)

    cause to suffer a blight

    "Too much rain may blight the garden with mold"

  7. harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke(verb)

    annoy continually or chronically

    "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"


  1. plague(Noun)

    (used absolutely, usually capitalized: The Pest) The pestilent disease "Plague", caused by the virulent bacterium Yersinia pestis and mostly known by its variant form bubonic plague.

  2. plague(Noun)

    An epidemic or pandemic caused by any pestilence, but specifically by the above disease.

  3. plague(Noun)

    A widespread affliction, calamity or destructive influx, especially when seen as divine retribution.

    Ten Biblical plagues over Egypt, ranging from locusts to the death of the crown prince, finally forced Pharaoh to let Moses's people go

  4. plague(Noun)

    A grave nuisance, whatever greatly irritates

    Rascal Bart is an utter plague, his pranks never cease until he's put over the knee

  5. plague(Verb)

    To harass, pester or annoy someone persistently or incessantly.

    Wikis are often plagued by vandalism

  6. plague(Verb)

    To afflict with a disease or other calamity.

    Natural catastrophies plagued the colonists till they abandoned the pestilent marshland

  7. Origin: From plage, from plaga, from plango. Cognate with Dutch plaag, German Plage, Swedish plåga, French plaie and Polish plaga.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plague(noun)

    that which smites, wounds, or troubles; a blow; a calamity; any afflictive evil or torment; a great trail or vexation

  2. Plague(noun)

    an acute malignant contagious fever, that often prevails in Egypt, Syria, and Turkey, and has at times visited the large cities of Europe with frightful mortality; hence, any pestilence; as, the great London plague

  3. Plague(verb)

    to infest or afflict with disease, calamity, or natural evil of any kind

  4. Plague(verb)

    fig.: To vex; to tease; to harass


  1. Plague

    Plague was a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. She was originally a member of the Morlocks before joining the Horsemen of Apocalypse.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Plague

    An acute infectious disease caused by YERSINIA PESTIS that affects humans, wild rodents, and their ectoparasites. This condition persists due to its firm entrenchment in sylvatic rodent-flea ecosystems throughout the world. Bubonic plague is the most common form.

Translations for plague

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


especially formerly, an extremely infectious and deadly disease, especially one carried by fleas from rats.

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