Definitions for plaguepleɪg
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
plague*pleɪg(n.; v.)plagued, pla•guing.
(n.)an epidemic disease that causes high mortality; pestilence.
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.
Ref: Compare bubonic plague.
any widespread affliction, calamity, or evil.
any cause of trouble, annoyance, or vexation.
(v.t.)to trouble, annoy, or torment in any manner.
to smite with a plague or pestilence.
to cause an epidemic in or among.
to afflict with any evil.
* Syn: See bother.
Origin of plague:
1350–1400; ME plage < LL plāga pestilence, L: stripe, wound
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
plague, pestilence, pest(noun)
any epidemic disease with a high death rate
a swarm of insects that attack plants
"a plague of grasshoppers"
any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)
"those children are a damn plague"
cause to suffer a blight
"Too much rain may blight the garden with mold"
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"
(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.
An epidemic or pandemic caused by any pestilence, but specifically by the above disease.
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
A grave nuisance, whatever greatly irritates
Rascal Bart is an utter plague, his pranks never cease until he's put over the knee
To harass, pester or annoy someone persistently or incessantly.
Wikis are often plagued by vandalism
To afflict with a disease or other calamity.
Natural catastrophies plagued the colonists till they abandoned the pestilent marshland
Origin: From plage, from plaga, from plango. Cognate with Dutch plaag, German Plage, Swedish plåga, French plaie and Polish plaga.
that which smites, wounds, or troubles; a blow; a calamity; any afflictive evil or torment; a great trail or vexation
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
to infest or afflict with disease, calamity, or natural evil of any kind
fig.: To vex; to tease; to harass
U.S. National Library of Medicine
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.
- pestePortuguese (BR)
- die SeucheGerman
- kuga, pošastCroatian
- penyakit pesIndonesian
- plága, drepsóttIcelandic
- طاعون،وبا، بلا، اپتPashto
- чума, морRussian
- mor, epidémiaSlovak
- pest, farsotSwedish
- 瘟疫(鼠疫)Chinese (Trad.)
- чума, моровицяUkrainian
- bệnh dịchVietnamese
- 瘟疫Chinese (Simp.)
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