Definition of ague in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈeɪɡjuː/


[mass noun] archaic
1Malaria or another illness involving fever and shivering.
Example sentences
  • ‘We have just moved our camp out of the cypress swamp where the men were fast succumbing to the malaria ague and fevers at an astonishing rate,’ recorded Capt. Henry Ankey, 4th Iowa Infantry.
  • There was plague, too, ague (probably a malarial infection), and various fevers.
  • Although he used the term ague, true malaria cannot necessarily be inferred because ague included any number of short-lived illnesses with chills and fever.
1.1 [count noun] A fever or shivering fit.
Example sentences
  • He is more self-indulgent about his agues, fevers, constipation, and other ills, and goes into detail about the remedies for same.
  • The first three years of George II's reign, which began in 1727, were afflicted by successive waves of smallpox and influenza-like infections, imprecisely and variously described by contemporaries as agues and fevers.
  • They were carried off by malaria, cholera, typhus, heat stroke, agues and tropical distempers, and drink, lots of drink.



Pronunciation: /ˈeɪɡjuːd/
Example sentences
  • The heat got up to a punishing 87 today, but my medication got me through that by lowering my body temp until I shivered under my quilt in an agued state.
  • Your enemy will on the instant feel a certain inexpressible and cutting anguish of the heart, together with an agued chilliness and failure throughout the body.
  • Of course, while the laws of nature remain as they are, you can no more promise future immunity to convalescents with an agued frame who remain in malarious regions, than you can promise the anxious sailor that future winds will not again create waves.


Example sentences
  • At Wesel, in the rear of all this travelling and excitement, Friedrich falls unwell; breaks down there into an aguish feverish distemper, which, for several months after, impeded his movements, would he have yielded to it.
  • "I heard to my surprise the other day from Swan, whose son, it seems, was doing some work at Melcombe this spring (making a greenhouse, I think), that Mrs. Melcombe wintered at Mentone, partly on her boy's account, for he had a feverish or aguish illness at Venice, and she was advised not to bring him to England."
  • The seaboard of Capernaum in which Peter dwelt is said by travelers to be a peculiarly damp, marshy, aguish, feverish place.


Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin acuta (febris) 'acute (fever)'.

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