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Definition of "plague" []

  • A widespread affliction or calamity, especially one seen as divine retribution. (noun)
  • A sudden destructive influx or injurious outbreak: a plague of locusts; a plague of accidents. (noun)
  • A cause of annoyance; a nuisance: "the plague of social jabbering” ( George Santayana). (noun)
  • A highly infectious, usually fatal, epidemic disease; a pestilence. (noun)
  • A highly fatal infectious disease that is caused by the bacterium Yersinia (syn. Pasturella ) pestis, is transmitted primarily by the bite of a rat flea, and occurs in bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic forms. (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.

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  • ": 15 am CST Police prepare drill for plague at school The event will use volunteers pretending to have been stricken by the plague to help test the flow of the site, from initial triage through receiving PROOF of being medicated.www. nwherald.com Ukraine pneumonic plague update"
  • "Friday, November 6, 2009 1: 15 am CST Police prepare drill for plague at school The event will use volunteers pretending to have been stricken by the plague to help test the flow of the site, from initial triage through receiving PROOF of being medicated.www. nwherald.com Ukraine pneumonic plague update 969247 affected fto. co.za Ukraine Flu Trends, OFF THE CHARTS www. google.org URGENT** Ukraine and World Pneumonic Plague Information ukraineplague. blogspot.com Ukraine: Influenza or Pneumonic Plague?"
  • "Although the plague is a fact of history, one will find it difficult to locate anything more horrific than the pestilence that arrived that year in Europe."