PLAGUE

plague

(noun) an annoyance; “those children are a damn plague”

plague

(noun) any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)

infestation, plague

(noun) a swarm of insects that attack plants; “a plague of grasshoppers”

plague, pestilence, pest

(noun) any epidemic disease with a high death rate

plague, pestilence, pest, pestis

(noun) a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal

harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke

(verb) annoy continually or chronically; “He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked”; “This man harasses his female co-workers”

blight, plague

(verb) cause to suffer a blight; “Too much rain may blight the garden with mold”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

plague (countable and uncountable, plural plagues)

(often used with the, sometimes capitalized: the Plague) The bubonic plague, the pestilent disease caused by the virulent bacterium Yersinia pestis.

(pathology) An epidemic or pandemic caused by any pestilence, but specifically by the above disease.

A widespread affliction, calamity or destructive influx, especially when seen as divine retribution.

(figurative) A grave nuisance, whatever greatly irritates.

Collective noun for common grackles

Synonyms

• pest, pestilence

Verb

plague (third-person singular simple present plagues, present participle plaguing, simple past and past participle plagued)

(transitive) To harass, pester or annoy someone persistently or incessantly.

(transitive) To afflict with a disease or other calamity.

Source: Wiktionary


Plague, n. Etym: [L. plaga a blow, stroke, plague; akin to Gr. plangere to strike, beat. Cf. Plaint.]

1. That which smites, wounds, or troubles; a blow; a calamity; any afflictive evil or torment; a great trail or vexation. Shak. And men blasphemed God for the plague of hail. Wyclif. The different plague of each calamity. Shak.

2. (Med.)

Definition: An acute malignant contagious fever, that often prevails in Egypt, Syria, and Turkey, and has at times visited the large cities of Europe with frightful mortality; hence, any pestilence; as, the great London plague. "A plague upon the people fell." Tennyson. Cattle plague. See Rinderpest.

– Plague mark, Plague spot, a spot or mark of the plague; hence, a token of something incurable.

Plague, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plagued; p. pr. & vb. n. Plaguing.]

1. To infest or afflict with disease, calamity, or natural evil of any kind. Thus were they plagued And worn with famine. Milton.

2. Fig.: To vex; to tease; to harass. She will plague the man that loves her most. Spenser.

Syn.

– To vex; torment; distress; afflict; harass; annoy; tease; tantalize; trouble; molest; embarrass; perplex.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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KEEP

(verb) cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., ‘keep clean’; “hold in place”; “She always held herself as a lady”; “The students keep me on my toes”


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