Synonyms of plague


1. plague, pestilence, pest, pestis, epidemic disease

usage: 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

2. plague, pestilence, pest, epidemic disease

usage: any epidemic disease with a high death rate

3. infestation, plague, swarm, cloud

usage: a swarm of insects that attack plants; "a plague of grasshoppers"

4. plague, calamity, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy, cataclysm

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

5. plague, annoyance, bother, botheration, pain, infliction, pain in the neck, pain in the ass

usage: an annoyance; "those children are a damn plague"


1. blight, plague, afflict, smite

usage: cause to suffer a blight; "Too much rain may blight the garden with mold"

2. harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke, annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil

usage: annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"

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Definition and meaning of plague (Dictionary)