Adjective "plague" definition and examples

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Pronunciation

/pleɪɡ/

Definitions and examples

noun

A contagious bacterial disease characterized by fever and delirium, typically with the formation of buboes (bubonic plague) and sometimes infection of the lungs (pneumonic plague).
  1. 'The high level of mortality and infectivity of pneumonic plague is the driving force for the development of new and more effective vaccines.'
  2. 'Rumours abounded about the source of the infection: a pneumonic plague spread by rats, an avian acquired respiratory infection from chickens or crows, a new strain of influenza, or even bioterrorism.'
  3. 'An epidemic of pneumonic plague has hit the Congo among diamond miners recently.'
  4. 'There are two other varieties of plague: septicaemic plague, which attacks the blood, and pneumonic plague, which attacks the lungs.'
  5. 'Of the 15 cases following exposure to domestic cats with plague, 4 were primary pneumonic plague.'
  6. 'At first, bioterrorism - whether it's inhalation anthrax, smallpox, pneumonic plague or something else entirely - will probably feel like the flu.'
  7. 'The pneumonic plague would be the form most likely implicated in the event of an intentional attack.'
  8. 'Person-to-person spread of bubonic or septicemic plague does not occur; however, pneumonic plague is highly contagious.'
  9. 'If pneumonic plague is suspected, local and state health departments must be notified immediately.'
  10. 'Second, other diseases exist that are even more lethal than smallpox: inhalation anthrax and pneumonic plague, for instance, can kill close to 100 percent of the people they infect.'
  11. 'The minister identified plague, ebola, smallpox, anthrax, tularaemia and botulism as the main biological threats.'
  12. 'Infectious disease experts say that the agents of greatest concern are the germs that cause anthrax, smallpox, plague, botulism and tularemia.'
  13. 'They could poison us with botulin, or try to infect us with the plague or anthrax.'
  14. 'Moreover, the only diseases that members are required to report are yellow fever, plague and cholera.'
  15. 'One is able to regard the country as very healthy, despite the regrettable maladies that frequently afflict it in the form of plague, dysentery and small pox.'
  16. 'The country has made headlines lately with the resurgence of preventable diseases such as plague, malaria, dengue fever and tuberculosis.'
  17. 'The number of measles cases is fast rising, and if this continues children could die, and the disease could become the plague it once was.'
  18. 'Between then and 1902 data were collected on cholera, smallpox, plague, and yellow fever.'
  19. 'Life expectancy has risen, and many diseases, including plague, smallpox, cholera, and typhus, have been eliminated.'
  20. 'In this way, they spread disease, plague, leprosy, typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, and so on.'
An unusually large number of insects or animals infesting a place and causing damage.
  1. 'This house has a plague of small black millipedes.'
  2. 'Even a little bit of rain can be a burden, especially for those farmers who planted crops after rain over a month ago, only to see them consumed by a plague of locusts as they began to grow.'
  3. 'But then an almost biblical plague of insects descended on the crops and began eating them.'
  4. 'Traffic was affected not only by the vicissitudes of the business cycle and the Panic of 1873 but also by flour mill explosions and even a plague of locusts.'
  5. 'Whole streets were blocked off by vegetable sellers, litter grew out of control, there was a plague of giant rats, whites fled and murder and other crimes soared.'
  6. 'After the ruler's next refusal, a plague of locusts smote the land and Moses brought a darkness for three days.'
  7. 'He's been thrown into jail, endured unimaginable heat, insect plagues and a serious fall which had to be stitched without anesthetic.'
  8. 'The impact of these disasters was worsened by a major earthquake and a plague of locusts that destroyed newly planted crops.'
  9. 'An investigation by environmental health chiefs has failed to find the cause of a plague of flies bringing misery to a Rotherham neighbourhood.'
  10. 'When a plague of locusts and a bad drought struck the country last year, devastating the crops, the prospect of a famine in 2005 loomed large.'
A thing causing trouble or irritation.
  1. 'It seems to have set off a whole plague of linguistic confusion among commentators.'
  2. 'A worried mum is convinced a mobile phone mast is responsible for the plague of health problems affecting her children.'
  3. 'To some parents, accustomed to the security of child-friendly TV schedules, the advent of the internet seemed like a plague of indecency intruding into the family home.'
  4. 'I like that definition because it hints at the possibility that the current plague of the book world - the winner-take-all mechanism - might one day disappear.'
  5. 'But the eviction is just the first step towards rebuilding community spirit, which has been ruined by a plague of anti-social behaviour.'
  6. 'To talk about an epidemic of obesity is like talking about a plague of inactivity or a contagion of overeating.'
  7. 'This is how this type of misinformation spreads throughout the Air Force and infects every level with a plague of bad practices that are perpetuated internally.'
  8. 'Doctors' leaders warn the amount of time available to patients with genuine problems is being reduced because of the plague of hypochondriacs.'
  9. 'Both in his talk and in the subsequent question and answer session, he makes clear his concern about the current plague of voter apathy, though he does not see it as ‘apathy’.'
  10. 'Sadly, I have seen first-hand in my counseling practice that the Jewish community is not immune to this plague.'
  11. 'a plague on all their houses!'
  12. 'Well, a plague on both their houses, we might say.'
  13. 'Other than that, I'd wish a plague on all their houses if I could muster enough spite.'

verb

Cause continual trouble or distress to.
  1. 'Trouble would likewise plague her marriage until the union ended abruptly with the mysterious death of her husband in the spring of 1889.'
  2. 'Residents living near an Accrington park that has been plagued by young troublemakers are being urged to reclaim it.'
  3. 'He added that much of the problems plaguing the agricultural sector were compounded by domestic inefficiencies.'
  4. 'The big threat on the horizon is deflation, though some observers say that curse already plagues the industry, which has been wringing out costs as it struggles to hold the line on car prices.'
  5. 'So, no awkward adolescents like him, no teenage angst, unrequited crushes or similar problems that plague parents.'
  6. 'Unfortunately, the many methodological problems that plague past opinion polls require cautious interpretation of their results.'
  7. 'In building a market, though, it may fall victim to the troubles that plague trailblazing companies, analysts said.'
  8. 'Although trouble spots still plague the species, U.S. loon numbers appear, on the whole, to be holding steady.'
  9. 'No, the real curse here is the so-called sophomore curse that often plagues the follow-up projects of successful movies.'
  10. 'Neighbours claim the road is plagued by youths causing trouble and today called for extra police patrols.'
  11. 'he was plaguing her with questions'
  12. 'If you make money your god, it will plague you like the devil.'
  13. 'After all, he was plaguing his people because he would not let him go.'
  14. 'He, who blamed the end of his marriage on the loss of his house, later moved into a tiny flat and began plaguing him with letters asking for support.'

More definitions

1. an epidemic disease that causes high mortality; pestilence.

2. an infectious, epidemic disease caused by a bacterium, Yersinia pestis, characterized by fever, chills, and prostration, transmitted to humans from rats by means of the bites of fleas.Compare bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, septicemic plague.

3. any widespread affliction, calamity, or evil, especially one regarded as a direct punishment by God: a plague of war and desolation.

4. any cause of trouble, annoyance

More examples(as adjective)

"leaders can be plague at reforms."

"people can be plague."

"leaders can be plague."

"ambiguities can be plague."

Origin

Late Middle English: Latin plaga ‘stroke, wound’, probably from Greek ( Doric dialect) plaga, from a base meaning ‘strike’.