What does plague mean?

Definitions for plague
pleɪgplague

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word plague.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. plague, pestilence, pest, pestisnoun

    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, pestnoun

    any epidemic disease with a high death rate

  3. infestation, plaguenoun

    a swarm of insects that attack plants

    "a plague of grasshoppers"

  4. plaguenoun

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

  5. plagueverb

    an annoyance

    "those children are a damn plague"

  6. blight, plagueverb

    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, provokeverb

    annoy continually or chronically

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

Wiktionary

  1. plaguenoun

    (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.

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

  2. plaguenoun

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

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

  3. plaguenoun

    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

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

  4. plaguenoun

    A grave nuisance, whatever greatly irritates

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

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

  5. plagueverb

    To harass, pester or annoy someone persistently or incessantly.

    Wikis are often plagued by vandalism

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

  6. plagueverb

    To afflict with a disease or other calamity.

    Natural catastrophies plagued the colonists till they abandoned the pestilent marshland

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plaguenoun

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

    Etymology: [L. plaga a blow, stroke, plague; akin to Gr. , fr. to strike; cf. L. plangere to strike, beat. Cf. Plaint.]

  2. Plaguenoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. plaga a blow, stroke, plague; akin to Gr. , fr. to strike; cf. L. plangere to strike, beat. Cf. Plaint.]

  3. Plagueverb

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

    Etymology: [L. plaga a blow, stroke, plague; akin to Gr. , fr. to strike; cf. L. plangere to strike, beat. Cf. Plaint.]

  4. Plagueverb

    fig.: To vex; to tease; to harass

    Etymology: [L. plaga a blow, stroke, plague; akin to Gr. , fr. to strike; cf. L. plangere to strike, beat. Cf. Plaint.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plague

    plāg, n. any great natural evil: a deadly disease or pestilence: a very troublesome person or thing, esp. a malignant kind of contagious fever, prevailing epidemically, characterised by buboes, or swellings of the lymphatic glands, by carbuncles and petechiæ.—v.t. to infest with disease or trouble: to harass or annoy:—pr.p. plāg′uing; pa.t. and pa.p. plāgued.—ns. Plague′-mark, -spot, a mark or spot of plague or foul disease: a place where disease is constantly present; Plag′uer, one who plagues, vexes, or annoys; Plague′-sore.—adv. Plag′uily, vexatiously.—adj. Plaguy (plā′gi), vexatious: (Shak.) troublesome.—adv. vexatiously.—Plague on, may a curse rest on.—Be at the plague, to be at the trouble. [O. Fr. plague—L. plaga, a blow; Gr. plēgē.]

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.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce plague?

How to say plague in sign language?

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plague in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plague in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of plague in a Sentence

  1. John Thune:

    I have yet to meet someone who says they enjoy receiving those unwanted and illegal robocalls that plague our phones, whether we're at home, at work, or in the car, which is why the TRACED Act takes several important steps in the fight to curb this scourge.

  2. Winston Black:

    They're often called the' plague deniers' -- they're denying that the medieval Black Death was the bubonic plague, they've proposed anthrax,( and) something like an early Ebola.

  3. Ken Jarrett:

    One should give the Trump administration credit for getting China's attention because for many years there have been extended discussions about market access issues that plague foreign companies here in China, and the progress has been pretty slow.

  4. Phyllis McGinley:

    Oh, high is the price of parenthood, and daughters may cost you double. You dare not forget, as you thought you could, that youth is a plague and a trouble.

  5. Dusanka Glid:

    Theaters never closed ... not even during the Spanish flu (pandemic) or plague or cholera, it is as if they are being abolished, as if they are redundant.

Popularity rank by frequency of use

plague#10000#15784#100000

Translations for plague

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for plague »

Translation

Find a translation for the plague definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these plague definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "plague." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 19 May 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/plague>.

    Are we missing a good definition for plague? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    make worse
    • A. demolish
    • B. aggravate
    • C. accompany
    • D. moan

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for plague: