- 1 (usually the plague) A contagious bacterial disease characterized by fever and delirium, typically with the formation of buboes (see bubonic plague) and sometimes infection of the lungs ( pneumonic plague).More example sentences
- Person-to-person spread of bubonic or septicemic plague does not occur; however, pneumonic plague is highly contagious.
- Approximately 5% to 15% of patients suffering from bubonic plague will develop secondary pneumonic plague.
- Clinical features of pneumonic plague include fever, cough with mucopurulent sputum (gram-negative rods may be seen on gram stain), hemoptysis and chest pain.
- 1.1Any contagious disease that spreads rapidly and kills many people: diseases like smallpox wiped out the indigenous people in a succession of plaguesMore example sentences
- In this way, they spread disease, plague, leprosy, typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, and so on.
- The country has made headlines lately with the resurgence of preventable diseases such as plague, malaria, dengue fever and tuberculosis.
- Infectious disease experts say that the agents of greatest concern are the germs that cause anthrax, smallpox, plague, botulism and tularemia.
- 2An unusually large number of insects or animals infesting a place and causing damage: a plague of locustsMore example sentences
- Experts are warning that Africa is on the brink of its worst plague of the insects for nearly 20 years.
- Australia is battling its biggest plague of locusts in decades as billions of the insects hatch along the central east region.
- But then an almost biblical plague of insects descended on the crops and began eating them.
- 3 [in singular] A thing causing trouble or irritation: staff theft is usually the plague of restaurantsMore example sentences
- A worried mum is convinced a mobile phone mast is responsible for the plague of health problems affecting her children.
- Doctors' leaders warn the amount of time available to patients with genuine problems is being reduced because of the plague of hypochondriacs.
- By removing the exchange rate and interest rates from the direct control of Italian authorities, the plague of high inflation and high interest rates disappeared.
- 3.1 (a plague on) • archaic Used as a curse: a plague on all their houses![echoing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet ( iii. i. 94)]More example sentences
- We do feel the creator's (Anderson's) anger, in cursing them with a plague on both their houses, as frogs rain from the sky.
- A warning to Labour and the Liberal Democrats, this is not about confidence, a plague on all your houses.
- Other than that, I'd wish a plague on all their houses if I could muster enough spite.
verb (plagues, plaguing, plagued)[with object] Back to top
- 1Cause continual trouble or distress to: he has been plagued by ill healthMore example sentences
- Residents living near an Accrington park that has been plagued by young troublemakers are being urged to reclaim it.
- Neighbours claim the road is plagued by youths causing trouble and today called for extra police patrols.
- The troubles that plagued it during filming may well end up helping it at the box office.
- 1.1Pester or harass (someone) continually: he was plaguing her with questionsMore example sentences
pester, harass, badger, bother, torment, persecute, bedevil, harry, hound, disturb, trouble, be a nuisance to, keep after, irritate, worry, nag, annoy, vex, molest; Northern English mither• informal hassle, bug, aggravate, give someone a hard time, drive up the wall, drive round the bendNorth American • informal devil, ride
- They countered his discipline by continually plaguing him with giant hound dogs he never wanted.
- If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.
- However, it's also a hassle shopping there because you get plagued by people wanting your money.
late Middle English: Latin plaga 'stroke, wound', probably from Greek (Doric dialect) plaga, from a base meaning 'strike'.