plague: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (plāg), [key]
— n., v., plagued, pla•guing.
- an epidemic disease that causes high mortality; pestilence.
- 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. Cf.
- any widespread affliction, calamity, or evil, esp. one regarded as a direct punishment by God: a plague of war and desolation.
- any cause of trouble, annoyance, or vexation: Uninvited guests are a plague.
- to trouble, annoy, or torment in any manner: The question of his future plagues him with doubt.
- to annoy, bother, or pester: Ants plagued the picnickers.
- to smite with a plague, pestilence, death, etc.; scourge: those whom the gods had plagued.
- to infect with a plague; cause an epidemic in or among: diseases that still plague the natives of Ethiopia.
- to afflict with any evil: He was plagued by allergies all his life.
- (French, La Peste), a novel (1947) by Albert Camus.
- plague (Thesaurus)