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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diseasenoun

    an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning


  1. diseasenoun

    An abnormal condition of the body or mind that causes discomfort or dysfunction; distinct from injury insofar as the latter is usually instantaneously acquired.

    The tomato plants had some kind of disease that left their leaves splotchy and fruit withered.

  2. diseasenoun

    Any abnormal or harmful condition, as of society, people's attitudes, way of living etc.

  3. diseaseverb

    To cause unease; to annoy, irritate.

  4. diseaseverb

    To infect with a disease.

  5. Etymology: disese, from desese, from desaise (). Displaced native adle (from adl), cothe (from coþu).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DISEASEnoun

    Distemper; malady; sickness; morbid state.

    Etymology: dis and ease.

    What’s the disease he means?
    ———— ’Tis call’d the evil. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    It is idle to propose remedies before we are assured of the disease, or to be in pain ’till we are convinced of the danger. Jonathan Swift, Project for the Advancement of Religion.

    Then wasteful forth
    Walks the dire power of pestilent disease. James Thomson, Summer.

  2. To Diseaseverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    We are all diseased,
    And with our surfeiting and wanton hours
    Have brought ourselves into a burning fever,
    And we must bleed for it. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    Flatt’rers yet wear silk, drink wine, lie soft,
    Hug their diseas’d perfumes, and have forgot
    That ever Timon was. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Let her alone, lady: as she is now, she will but disease our better mirth. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    He was diseased in his feet. 1 Kings xv. 23.

    Though great light be insufferable to our eyes, yet the highest degree of darkness does not at all disease them. John Locke.


  1. Disease

    Disease was released on September 30, 2002 as the first single from Matchbox Twentys third album, More Than You Think You Are. It was co-written by Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas and The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. The song peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Disease" was one of two songs written and presented to Mick Jagger, by Rob Thomas in which Jagger actually gives back the song, saying "it would sound better coming from you".


  1. disease

    A disease refers to any abnormal condition or disorder that affects the structure or functioning of an organism, leading to the impairment of normal bodily functions. It is typically characterized by specific signs and symptoms, often caused by pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or by non-infectious factors such as genetic abnormalities, nutritional deficiencies, or environmental factors. Diseases can vary in severity and may have short-term or long-term effects on the affected individual's health and well-being.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diseasenoun

    lack of ease; uneasiness; trouble; vexation; disquiet

  2. Diseasenoun

    an alteration in the state of the body or of some of its organs, interrupting or disturbing the performance of the vital functions, and causing or threatening pain and weakness; malady; affection; illness; sickness; disorder; -- applied figuratively to the mind, to the moral character and habits, to institutions, the state, etc

  3. Diseaseverb

    to deprive of ease; to disquiet; to trouble; to distress

  4. Diseaseverb

    to derange the vital functions of; to afflict with disease or sickness; to disorder; -- used almost exclusively in the participle diseased


  1. Disease

    A disease is an abnormal condition that affects the body of an organism. It is often construed as a medical condition associated with specific symptoms and signs. It may be caused by factors originally from an external source, such as infectious disease, or it may be caused by internal dysfunctions, such as autoimmune diseases. In humans, "disease" is often used more broadly to refer to any condition that causes pain, dysfunction, distress, social problems, or death to the person afflicted, or similar problems for those in contact with the person. In this broader sense, it sometimes includes injuries, disabilities, disorders, syndromes, infections, isolated symptoms, deviant behaviors, and atypical variations of structure and function, while in other contexts and for other purposes these may be considered distinguishable categories. Diseases usually affect people not only physically, but also emotionally, as contracting and living with many diseases can alter one's perspective on life, and their personality. Death due to disease is called death by natural causes. There are four main types of disease: pathogenic disease, deficiency disease, hereditary disease, and physiological disease. Diseases can also be classified as communicable and non-communicable disease.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disease

    diz-ēz′, n. a disorder or want of health in mind or body: ailment: cause of pain.—v.t. (Spens.) to make uneasy.—p.adj. Diseased′, affected with disease.—n. Diseas′edness.—adj. Disease′ful. [O. Fr. desaise, des—L. dis, neg., aise, ease.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Disease

    A definite pathologic process with a characteristic set of signs and symptoms. It may affect the whole body or any of its parts, and its etiology, pathology, and prognosis may be known or unknown.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'disease' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1112

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'disease' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2750

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'disease' in Nouns Frequency: #409

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disease in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disease in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of disease in a Sentence

  1. Democratic Governor Tony Evers:

    I cannot in good conscience allow any types of gathering that would further the spread of this disease and to put more lives at risk, there is not a sufficiently safe way to administer in-person voting tomorrow.

  2. Bhartrihari:

    Blinded by self-conceit and knowing nothing, Like elephant infatuate with passion, I thought within myself, I all things knew; But when by slow degrees I somewhat learnt By aid of wise preceptors, my conceit, Like some disease, passed off; and now I live In the plain sense of what a fool I am.

  3. Roberto Posada:

    Dr. Roberto Posada, a pediatric infectious disease physician in New York City, told Fox News. For other viruses like flu, kids are transmitters, so there is a potential.

  4. Brunilda Nazario:

    There’s currently no good evidence to suggest [adrenal fatigue] exists as a disease entity, that’s not to say that the symptoms aren’t real; in fact, the symptoms are very common yet they’re nonspecific.

  5. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP -RRB- Guttman:

    It often starts from one or two patches but in up to 20% of patients it progresses to involve the entire body hair (universalis) or totalis (entire scalp hair), it is also highly prevalent in children, bringing much distress to the children and the entire family. It is a highly devastating disease emotionally as losing hair has a tremendous impact on the well-being and the way we see ourselves.

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