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English noun: plague

1. plague (state) 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


Synonymspest, pestilence, pestis


Broader (hypernym)epidemic disease


Narrower (hyponym)bubonic plague, glandular plague, pestis bubonica, plague pneumonia, pneumonic plague, pulmonic plague, septicemic plague

2. plague (state) any epidemic disease with a high death rate


Synonymspest, pestilence


Broader (hypernym)epidemic disease

3. plague (group) a swarm of insects that attack plants


SamplesA plague of grasshoppers.


Synonymsinfestation


Broader (hypernym)cloud, swarm

4. plague (event) any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)


Broader (hypernym)calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy

5. plague (cognition) an annoyance


SamplesThose children are a damn plague.


Broader (hypernym)annoyance, bother, botheration, infliction, pain, pain in the ass, pain in the neck


Domain usagecolloquialism


English verb: plague

1. plague (weather) cause to suffer a blight


SamplesToo much rain may blight the garden with mold.


Synonymsblight


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)afflict, smite

2. plague (emotion) annoy continually or chronically


SamplesHe is known to harry his staff when he is overworked.
This man harasses his female co-workers.


ExamplesSam cannot plague Sue


Synonymsbeset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, provoke


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex


Narrower (hyponym)bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, goad, haze, needle, rag, torment









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