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plague

noun

1 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.

synonyms: pest, pestilence, pestis.

Roget 830: painfulness etc. adj.; trouble, care etc. (pain) 828; trial; affliction, infliction; blow, stroke, burden, ... show more

Roget 655: disease; illness, sickness etc. adj.; ailing &c.; all the ills that flesh is heir to" [Hamlet]; morbidity, morbosity; infirmity, ailment, indisposition; ... show more

Roget 828: mental suffering, pain, dolor; suffering, sufferance; ache, smart etc. (physical pain) 378; passion.    displeasure, dissatisfaction, discomfort, ... show more

Dutch: pest, pestepidemie, pestilentie, pestkoorts
Polish: morowe powietrze, czarna śmierć, mór, zaraza morowa



2 plague

Any epidemic disease with a high death rate.

synonyms: pest, pestilence.

Dutch: plaag

3 plague

A swarm of insects that attack plants:
— A plague of grasshoppers.

synonym: infestation.

Polish: plaga

4 plague

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

Dutch: gesel, hel, inferno, pest, plaag, verschrikking
Polish: pomór

5 plague

An annoyance.

verb

1 plague

Cause to suffer a blight.

synonym: blight.

Dutch: pest

2 plague

Annoy continually or chronically.

synonyms: beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, provoke.

Roget 830: cause pain, occasion pain, give pain, bring pain, induce pain, produce pain, create pain, inflict pain etc. 828; pain, hurt, wound.    pinch, ... show more

Dutch: uitlokken, kwellen, pesten, tarten


Moby thesaurus: afflict, affliction, aggravate, aggravation, ail, ambulatory plague, anguish, annoy, annoyance, apply pressure, badger, bait, bane, be at, be the matter, bedevil, beleaguer, beset, besiege, bevy ... show more.

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