plague - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/pleɪɡ/
singularplague
pluralplagues
  1. 1
    [countable] any serious disease that spreads quickly to a lot of people and usually ends in death

    a plague of cholera

    1. a.

      the plague

      a disease that spreads quickly, causing a high fever, lumps on parts of your body, and in the past usually death
  2. 2
    [singular] something that is very common and harmful

    the plague of violence in America today

  3. 3
    [countable] an uncontrolled and usually harmful increase in the numbers of an animal or insect

    a plague of locusts/rats

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