Translation of plague in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /pleɪg/


  • 1.1 u and c (disease) peste (feminine) to avoid sb like the plague huirle* a algn como a la peste he's such a bore, they avoid him like the plague es tan pesado que le huyen como a la peste I avoid Saturday shopping like the plague ni loco voy de compras un sábado [colloquial/familiar]
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    • 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.
    1.2 countable/numerable (troublesome horde, mass) plaga (feminine) a plague of locusts/mice/tourists una plaga de langostas/ratones/turistas
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    • 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.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (afflict continually) a country plagued by strikes un país asolado por constantes huelgas plagued with problems plagado de problemas plagued by doubts and fears acosado or atormentado por dudas y temores 1.2 (pester) acosar, asediar they plagued her with questions about her resignation la acosaron or asediaron con preguntas sobre su dimisión

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.