Definition of plague noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pleɪɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pleɪɡ//
    Groups of animals, Ailments and diseases, Being ill
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  1. 1(also the plague) [uncountable] = bubonic plague an outbreak of plague See related entries: Ailments and diseases, Being ill
  2. 2[countable] any infectious disease that kills a lot of people synonym epidemic the plague of AIDS See related entries: Ailments and diseases
  3. 3[countable] plague of something large numbers of an animal or insect that come into an area and cause great damage a plague of locusts/rats, etc. See related entries: Groups of animals
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: Latin plaga ‘stroke, wound’, probably from Greek (Doric dialect) plaga, from a base meaning ‘strike’.Extra examples Fleas spread plague from animals to humans. Nearly a third of the population died in the Great Plague. The city is suffering a plague of rats. The region has just suffered a plague of locusts. a decline in population following outbreaks of plagueIdioms
    avoid somebody/something like the plague
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    (informal) to try very hard not to meet somebody, do something, etc. She's been avoiding me like the plague since the party last Saturday.
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