Synonyms for plague

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : pleyg
Phonetic Transcription : pleɪg

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Définition of plague

Origin :
  • late 14c., plage, "affliction, calamity, evil, scourge;" early 15c., "malignant disease," from Old French plage (14c.), from Late Latin plaga, used in Vulgate for "pestilence," from Latin plaga "stroke, wound," probably from root of plangere "to strike, lament (by beating the breast)," from or cognate with Greek (Doric) plaga "blow," from PIE *plak- (2) "to strike, to hit" (cf. Greek plazein "to drive away," plessein "to beat, strike;" Old English flocan "to strike, beat;" Gothic flokan "to bewail;" German fluchen, Old Frisian floka "to curse").
  • The Latin word also is the source of Old Irish plag (genitive plaige) "plague, pestilence," German Plage, Dutch plaage. Meaning "epidemic that causes many deaths" is from 1540s; specifically in reference to bubonic plague from c.1600. Modern spelling follows French, which had plague from 15c. Weakened sense of "anything annoying" is from c.1600.
  • noun disease that is widespread
  • noun annoyance, curse
  • verb annoy, disturb
Example sentences :
  • They were sick-and so were the purest of their brethren—with the plague of sin.
  • Extract from : « The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse") » by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • All their calamities, except the plague, were the foreseen results of their own decision.
  • Extract from : « Stories from Thucydides » by H. L. Havell
  • The chief of a nation that prefers the pestilence of despotism to the plague of anarchy.
  • Extract from : « The Devil's Dictionary » by Ambrose Bierce
  • I have had the plague continually, ever since I have been here.
  • Extract from : « Little Dorrit » by Charles Dickens
  • But as we come from the East, and as the East is the country of the plague—'
  • Extract from : « Little Dorrit » by Charles Dickens
  • I came here as well as ever I was in my life; but to suspect me of the plague is to give me the plague.
  • Extract from : « Little Dorrit » by Charles Dickens
  • Ecod, you used to have life enough, when you could plague me with it.
  • Extract from : « Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit » by Charles Dickens
  • No tenant could be found for the place, which was avoided as if the plague still clung to it.
  • Extract from : « Self-Help » by Samuel Smiles
  • All the politicians are a nuisance, a curse, a plague worse than was any in Egypt.
  • Extract from : « Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863 » by Adam Gurowski
  • You give the plague to the poor people who merely pass your door.
  • Extract from : « Abbe Mouret's Transgression » by Emile Zola

Antonyms for plague

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