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From Middle English plage < Latin plāga (blow, wound) < plangere (to strike). Cognate with Dutch plaag, German Plage, Swedish plåga, French plaie and Polish plaga.





plague (plural plagues)

  1. (used absolutely, usually capitalized: The Pest) The pestilent disease "Plague", caused by the virulent bacterium Yersinia pestis and mostly known by its variant form bubonic plague.
  2. (pathology) An epidemic or pandemic caused by any pestilence, but specifically by the above disease.
  3. A widespread affliction, calamity or destructive influx, especially when seen as divine retribution.
    Ten Biblical plagues over Egypt, ranging from locusts to the death of the crown prince, finally forced Pharaoh to let Moses's people go
  4. A grave nuisance, whatever greatly irritates
    Rascal Bart is an utter plague, his pranks never cease until he's put over the knee


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to plague

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to plague (third-person singular simple present plagues, present participle plaguing, simple past and past participle plagued)

  1. (transitive) To harass, pester or annoy someone persistently or incessantly.
    Wikis are often plagued by vandalism
  2. (transitive) To afflict with a disease or other calamity.
    Natural catastrophies plagued the colonists till they abandoned the pestilent marshland

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  • plaguer




plague (infinitive: plagar)

  1. first-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of plagar.
  2. formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of plagar.
  3. third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of plagar.

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a "stroke" of affliction, or disease. Sent as a divine chastisement (Num 11:33; 14:37; 16:46-49; 2 Sam 24:21). Painful afflictions or diseases, (Lev 13:3, 5, 30; 1 Kg 8:37), or severe calamity (Mk 5:29; Lk 7:21), or the judgment of God, so called (Ex 9:14). Plagues of Egypt were ten in number.

  1. The river Nile was turned into blood, and the fish died, and the river stank, so that the Egyptians loathed to drink of the river (Ex 7:14-25).
  2. The plague of frogs (Ex 8:1-15).
  3. The plague of lice (Heb. kinnim, properly gnats or mosquitoes; comp. Ps 7845; 105:31), "out of the dust of the land" (Ex 8:16-19).
  4. The plague of flies (Heb. arob, rendered by the LXX. dog-fly), Ex 8:21-24.
  5. The murrain (Ex 9:1-7), or epidemic pestilence which carried off vast numbers of cattle in the field. Warning was given of its coming.
  6. The sixth plague, of "boils and blains," like the third, was sent without warning (Ex 9:8-12). It is called (Deut 28:27) "the botch of Egypt," A.V.; but in R.V., "the boil of Egypt." "The magicians could not stand before Moses" because of it.
  7. The plague of hail, with fire and thunder (Ex 9:13-33). Warning was given of its coming. (Comp. Ps 1813; 105:32, 33).
  8. The plague of locusts, which covered the whole face of the earth, so that the land was darkened with them (Ex 10:12-15). The Hebrew name of this insect, arbeh, points to the "multitudinous" character of this visitation. Warning was given before this plague came.
  9. After a short interval the plague of darkness succeeded that of the locusts; and it came without any special warning (Ex 10:21-29). The darkness covered "all the land of Egypt" to such an extent that "they saw not one another." It did not, however, extend to the land of Goshen.
  10. The last and most fearful of these plagues was the death of the first-born of man and of beast (Ex 11:4, 5; 12:29,30). The exact time of the visitation was announced, "about midnight", which would add to the horror of the infliction. Its extent also is specified, from the first-born of the king to the first-born of the humblest slave, and all the first-born of beasts. But from this plague the Hebrews were completely exempted. The Lord "put a difference" between them and the Egyptians. (See PASSOVER.)
This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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