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Definition of "deluge" []

  • A great flood. (noun)
  • A heavy downpour. (noun)
  • Something that overwhelms as if by a great flood: a deluge of fan mail. (noun)
  • In the Bible, the great flood that occurred in the time of Noah. (noun)
  • To overrun with water; inundate. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "deluge" in a sentence
  • "_Apres moi le deluge -- apres ca le deluge_ -- it might even come to that this time, they were both so tired -- and he viewed the prospect as a man mortally hurt might view the gradual failing of sun and sky above him, with hopelessness complete as a cloud in that sky, but with heart and brain too beaten now to be surprised with either agony or fear."
  • "KCNA, in its commentary, criticised what it called a deluge of "despicable" reports suggesting serious weaknesses in the communist state."
  • "Powell's campaign said the weekly conference call -- something of a novel campaign approach -- was conceived so that Powell could show that he is accessible (in pointed contrast, they say, to Towns) and in order to manage what they describe as a deluge of press inquiries."