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Definition of "ague" []

  • A febrile condition in which there are alternating periods of chills, fever, and sweating. Used chiefly in reference to the fevers associated with malaria. (noun)
  • A chill or fit of shivering. (noun)

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 "ague" in a sentence
  • "An encouraging sign was that his health was none too good; he complained of what he called ague, and I had hopes that he'd be in no shape to start a war that summer."
  • "According to the Septuagint, "ague" is "the jaundice," which disorders the eyes and produces great depression of spirits."
  • "The brother who has been suffering from ague is probably her elder brother John."