sweating sickness


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sweating sickness epidemic in the 15th and 16th centuries and characterized by profuse sweating and high mortality
    • n sweating sickness a disease of cattle (especially calves)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sweating sickness (Med) a febrile epidemic disease which prevailed in some countries of Europe, but particularly in England, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, characterized by profuse sweating. Death often occured in a few hours.
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In literature:

Wit, lad, is a catching thing, like the itch or the sweating sickness.
"The White Company" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Pauline, who was still sick and jaded, began to groan heavily; and her yellow sides were darkened with sweat.
"The Oregon Trail" by Francis Parkman, Jr.
Just now there seems to be an epidemic of rhyming as bad as the dancing mania, or the sweating sickness.
"A Mortal Antipathy" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
I'll give you something to sweat the sickness out of you.
"For the Term of His Natural Life" by Marcus Clarke
Hasjelti and Hostjoghon arrived just as the sick man emerged from the sweat house.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
The pulse, the urine, the sweat, all have sworn to say nothing, to give no indication of any dangerous sickness.
"Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions" by John Donne
Who would write of the sweating sickness with indignation, or describe zymotic diseases with resentment?
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 2 of 3)" by John Morley
On the 7th of July the sweating sickness broke out in London.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
But Dalis was in a cold sweat of fear, and deathly sick.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
Caius wrote on the sweating sickness in 1552, and his work was printed near St Bartholomew's.
"Springtime and Other Essays" by Francis Darwin

In news:

Anne Boleyn, although unable to survive her marriage to Henry VIII, was rumored to have resisted the onslaught of another sixteenth- century scourge: Sudor Anglicus, or English sweating sickness.
The lead guitarist for one of the Washington area's most popular and enduring bands got sick and tired of sweating the rent.