plague

Definitions

  • The Plague in Florence
    The Plague in Florence
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v plague annoy continually or chronically "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked","This man harasses his female co-workers"
    • v plague cause to suffer a blight "Too much rain may blight the garden with mold"
    • n plague an annoyance "those children are a damn plague"
    • n plague any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)
    • n plague a swarm of insects that attack plants "a plague of grasshoppers"
    • n plague any epidemic disease with a high death rate
    • n plague 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: China has trained 700,000 ducks and chickens to attack at the sound of a whistle in order to fight a national plague of locusts.
    • Plague (Med) 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 . "A plague upon the people fell."
    • Plague Fig.: To vex; to tease; to harass. "She will plague the man that loves her most."
    • Plague That which smites, wounds, or troubles; a blow; a calamity; any afflictive evil or torment; a great trail or vexation. "And men blasphemed God for the plague of hail.""The different plague of each calamity."
    • Plague To infest or afflict with disease, calamity, or natural evil of any kind. "Thus were they plagued And worn with famine."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Fleas have killed more people (due to Bubonic plague and such) than all wars throughout history combined.
    • n plague A blow or calamity; severe trouble or vexation; also, one who or that which troubles or vexes, or ravages or destroys.
    • n plague Any epidemic disease of high mortality. The disease known specifically as the plague, or bubo plague, entered Europe from the Levant in the sixth century, and lingered there in scattered localities over a thousand years. It has appeared in various regions (Egypt, Turkey, Persia, etc.) in the nineteenth century; the last occurrence in Europe was in the Volga district, in 1878-9. Typical cases, after a period of incubation of from two to seven days, be-gin suddenly with prostration, headache, dizziness, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea; after a few hours or one or two days a chill develops, followed by high fever with noisy delirium, passing into coma; on the second to the fourth day buboes, most frequently inguinal, develop; in non-fatal cases they more frequently suppurate than resolve; there may also be carbuncles, boils, and petechiæ; convalescence begins from the sixth to the tenth day. The mortality is extreme, sometimes running as high as 95 per cent. The black-death of the fourteenth century may have been a modified form of this plague; so, too, the Pali plague. Also called the pest, the pestilence, glandular Plague or pestilence, inguinal plague, Levant or Levantine plague, Justinian plague.
    • n plague As an expletive with the article the, used like the devil, the deuce, etc. Compare devil, 7.
    • plague To vex; harass; trouble; annoy; tease.
    • plague To infest with disease, calamity, or natural evil of any kind.
    • plague Synonyms Torment, Worry, etc. (see tease), gall, bore.
    • plague To afflict.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fourteenth century physicians didn't know what caused the plague, but they knew it was contagious. As a result they wore an early kind of bioprotective suit which included a large beaked head piece. The beak of the head piece, which made them look like large birds, was filled with vinegar, sweet oils and other strong smelling compounds to counteract the stench of the dead and dying plague victims.
    • n Plague plāg 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 Plague to infest with disease or trouble: to harass or annoy:—pr.p. plāg′uing; pa.t. and pa.p. plāgued
    • adv Plague vexatiously
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Quotations

  • Daniel Defoe
    Daniel Defoe
    “And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    Napoleon%20Bonaparte
    “The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague.”
  • Isak Dinesen
    Isak Dinesen
    “I don't believe in evil, I believe only in horror. In nature there is no evil, only an abundance of horror: the plagues and the blights and the ants and the maggots.”
  • Isak Dinesen
    Isak Dinesen
    “I don't believe in evil, I believe only in horror. In nature there is no evil, only an abundance of horror: the plagues and the blights and the ants and the maggots.”
  • Robert Burton
    Robert%20Burton
    “One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.”
  • Henry Fielding
    Henry%20Fielding
    “If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. plaga, a blow, stroke, plague; akin to Gr. , fr. to strike; cf. L. plangere, to strike, beat. Cf. Plaint

Usage

In literature:

All through the month of September the plague was raging in London.
"Raleigh" by Edmund Gosse
When plague was bad in Poona City many of the well-to-do people left their homes and camped round about Yerandawana.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
They looked upon the French and Indians as a dire plague, to be wiped off the earth by any means.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
This, however, was shortly after a great Plague had ravaged the City.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
Yet, dear my Lady, this is not because He loveth to see you weep, but only because He would heal you of the deadly plague of your sins.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
A cultural disease you might call the Great Gray Plague.
"The Great Gray Plague" by Raymond F. Jones
Rats dying of the plague have their blood filled with the plague bacillus.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
I'm blessed if I know what for, if it ain't to plague me.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
Another of these ships reported the plague raging in her.
"Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699" by Thomas P. Hughes
In the same year and the next he was driven from Cambridge by the plague.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
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In poetry:

There's nae sic plague on the yirth,
There's nae sic curse in life,
Like the curse that blichts the hame
That hauds a drucken wife.
"To Mithers" by Janet Hamilton
And the plagues of the storm will follow us,
For Heaven his groans hath heard!'
Still the captain's eye was fixed on me,
But he answered never a word.
"The Old Man's Story" by Mary Botham Howitt
They cursed her, seeing how God had wrought
This curse to plague her, a curse of his.
Fools were they surely, seeing not
How sweeter than all sweet she is.
"The Leper" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
"And if Bones plagues him anyhow -
Squeaking and all the rest of it,
As he was doing here just now -
I prophesy there'll be a row,
And Tibbs will have the best of it!"
"Phantasmagoria Canto VII ( Sad Souvenaunce )" by Lewis Carroll
And if an herb hath power, what have the starres?
A rose, besides his beautie, is a cure.
Doubtlesse our plagues and plentie, peace and warres
Are there much surer then our art is sure.
"Providence" by George Herbert
The warst o' the ills that beset us, we think,
Is that curse o' the lan' the plague sore o' drink.
It poisons the sources an' streams o' oor life,
In youth an' in manhood, in mither an' wife.
"Rhymes For The Times: III" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

That question has plagued scientists and space enthusiasts for generations.
In Biblical times, they might have called it a plague.
She survived her generation's deadliest plague.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Wednesday that there would be no quick solution to the structural issues plaguing the continent.
These and other Middle Eastern nations are plagued with chronic high unemployment.
Rob Philion, vice president of Southbridge Pop Warner Youth Football and Cheerleading, reads a statement today defending the Southbridge team's conduct in an injury-plagued game last month.
Problems plaguing the social network's IPO have prompted investors to raise new concerns.
FOR THE WASHINGTON POST) Metro's radio system is plagued with dead zones and other problems, according to a transit police union.
The filing of "The Call of The Wild" was plagued with problems, including a massive snowstowm that had teh cast and crew stranded at the Mount Baker Lodge.
Do This / Music Shows to see: Deep Heat, Altar of Plagues, Gatekeeper, and more.
Do This / Music Shows to see: Deep Heat, Altar of Plagues, Gatekeeper , and more.
Big cockroach infestation overrun the sanitation-plagued city of Naples.
Defensive end Ausar Walcott has returned to Coach Mike London good graces after off-the-field issues had previously plagued him.
Internet and popular myths plague her efforts at straight talk.
Pharaoh's hard -hearted refusal brings on the next plague, frogs.
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In science:

However, this interpretation is plagued with the same difficulties.
Does an atom interferometer test the gravitational redshift at the Compton frequency ?
The characteristic boundary conditions aim at transferring disturbances through the boundaries without any or at least with minimal reflection, a problem that can plague standard boundary conditions that simply use symmetric or extrapolated values.
The stellar atmosphere simulation code Bifrost
Other similarity measures are plagued with similar problems, which are discussed in detail in Section 2.
C-Rank: A Link-based Similarity Measure for Scientific Literature Databases
Rvs- SimRank, SimRank, and P-Rank are plagued with the same problems, since they are the iterative extensions of Coupling, Co-citation, and Amsler, respectively.
C-Rank: A Link-based Similarity Measure for Scientific Literature Databases
Star positions were plagued by errors which could not be unravelled.
Hipparcos: a Retrospective
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