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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"


  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.

  2. plaguenoun

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

  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

  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

  5. plagueverb

    To harass, pester or annoy someone persistently or incessantly.

    Wikis are often plagued by vandalism

  6. plagueverb

    To afflict with a disease or other calamity.

    Natural catastrophies plagued the colonists till they abandoned the pestilent marshland

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PLAGUEnoun

    Etymology: plaghe, Dutch; plage, Teut. plaga, Latin; πληγὴ.

    Thou art a bile,
    A plague-sore or imboss’d carbuncle
    In my corrupted blood. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    The general opinion is, that years hot and moist are most pestilent; yet many times there have been great plagues in dry years. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    Snakes, that use within thy house for shade,
    Securely lurk, and, like a plague, invade
    Thy cattle with venom. Thomas May, Virgil’s Georgicks.

    All those plagues, which earth and air had brooded,
    First on inferior creatures try’d their force,
    And last they seized on man. John Dryden.

    I am set in my plague, and my heaviness is ever in my sight. Psalm xxxviii. 17.

    ’Tis the time’s plague, when madmen lead the blind. Sha.

    I am not mad, too well I feel
    The diff’rent plague of each calamity. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    Good or bad company is the greatest blessing or greatest plague of life. Roger L'Estrange.

    Sometimes my plague, sometimes my darling. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Plagueverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    If her nature be so,
    That she will plague the man that loves her most,
    And take delight to encrease a wretch’s woe,
    Then all her nature’s goodly gifts are lost. Edmund Spenser.

    Say my request’s unjust,
    And spurn me back; but if it be not so,
    Thou art not honest, and the gods will plague thee. William Shakespeare.

    Thus were they plagu’d
    And worn with famine. John Milton.

    People are stormed out of their reason, plagued into a compliance, and forced to yield in their own defence. Collier.

    When a Neapolitan cavalier has nothing else to do, he gravely shuts himself up in his closet, and falls a tumbling over his papers, to see if he can start a law suit, and plague any of his neighbours. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.


  1. Plague

    Plague is a song by Canadian electronic music band, Crystal Castles. It is the first single of the band's 2012 album, (III). On July 25, 2012, it was made available for free download on the duo's SoundCloud page.


  1. plague

    A plague is a widespread and often fatal infectious disease caused by bacteria, typically affecting a large number of people within a population or community. It can also refer to any major disastrous event or severe calamity causing significant distress or devastation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plaguenoun

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

  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

  3. Plagueverb

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

  4. Plagueverb

    fig.: To vex; to tease; to harass

  5. Etymology: [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. George Bernard Shaw:

    In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence, and famine.

  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. Amy Khor:

    We do not face the land and water pollution issues that plague those countries.

  4. John Douglas:

    One of the take-aways from this is that the plague is still around and people need to be thoughtful about the diagnosis process, we caught this because someone asked a thoughtful scientific question.

  5. 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.

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    a hazy or indistinct representation
    A conceal
    B blur
    C observe
    D fudge

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