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deluge

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛljuːdʒ
 
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Definition of deluge in English:

noun

1A severe flood: this may be the worst deluge in living memory
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  • But the scale of last year's flooding surpassed these previous deluges, with 45 square kilometres of land submerged.
  • The recent deluge and the resulting floods have no doubt made many househunters think about what dangers they could encounter when buying a new house.
  • Which is good, of course, providing the flow doesn't become a flood, and the flood a mindless deluge.
Synonyms
flood, flash flood, torrent;
British spate
1.1 (the Deluge) The biblical Flood (recorded in Genesis 6-8): the world appeared to be emerging still from the waters of the Deluge
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  • A proper interpretation of the rocks arid fossils speaks of a global, dynamic, watery catastrophe: the biblical Deluge.
  • Through catastrophes such as the Deluge or Sodom and Gomorrah, the religious imagination fantasised about the end of the world.
  • Many arguments from both the Flood narrative itself, and from later Scriptural references, establish that the Deluge was indeed universal.
1.2A heavy fall of rain: a deluge of rain hit the plains
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  • And then the heavens opened, releasing a deluge of heavy rain that had all three of us scrambling to be the first back in the house.
  • The game ended in a deluge of rain and sleet but to the credit of both teams they continued to play positive football to the end.
  • Although much of the rest of Scotland was shrouded in mist and heavy rain, the deluge which dampened Aberdeen in the morning had abated long before kick off.
Synonyms
downpour, torrential rain, torrent of rain;
1.3A great quantity of something arriving at the same time: a deluge of complaints
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  • A deluge of email has arrived from people who read one of last week's postings and want to know three reasons why, specifically, the Russians beat us into space but not to the moon.
  • These letters have triggered a deluge of complaints to the watchdog, who seems to be treating them sympathetically, although he's no soft touch.
  • Villagers look like they will be losing their main bus service in just over a fortnight, despite a deluge of complaints to the bus company.
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verb

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1Overwhelm with a flood: caravans were deluged by the heavy rains
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  • The floods that threatened to deluge the town centre yesterday put paid to virtually all weekend river match action.
  • It was proposed by one of the councillors, who said he was finally pushed into action by floods which deluged the town in January, killing three people.
  • Only 18 months after the last floods, their homes and businesses have been deluged again.
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1.1Inundate with a great quantity of something: he has been deluged with offers of work
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  • Ultimately, however, it makes for a refreshingly realistic perspective, unlike the phony, manufactured pop culture movies we are deluged with.
  • Unfortunately, nobody considered notifying anyone else, and local and state authorities were soon deluged with calls from panicked citizens.
  • Talking to publisher friends I gather that they are deluged with manuscripts more than ever before, but I think there is a quality control.
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Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, variant of diluve, from Latin diluvium, from diluere 'wash away'.

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