Plague

Definition of Plague

n.1.That which smites, wounds, or troubles; a blow; a calamity; any afflictive evil or torment; a great trail or vexation.
And men blasphemed God for the plague of hail.
- Wyclif.
The different plague of each calamity.
- Shak.
2.(Med.) 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.
Cattle plague
See Rinderpest.
Plague mark
a spot or mark of the plague; hence, a token of something incurable.
v. t.1.To infest or afflict with disease, calamity, or natural evil of any kind.
[imp. & p. p. Plagued ; p. pr. & vb. n. Plaguing.]
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.

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