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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

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


  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.

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  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. William Shakespeare:

    A plague o' both your houses

  2. Lucinda Marker:

    We knew plague was in the area that summer.

  3. Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes:

    Corruption is the plague, it's the gangrene of society.

  4. Henry Fielding:

    Make money your god and it will plague you like the devil.

  5. Henry Fielding:

    If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.

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