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Definition of plague:

  1. An acute malignant contagious fever, that often prevails in Egypt, Syria, and Turkey, and has at times visited the large cities of Europe with frightful mortality; hence, any pestilence; as, the great London plague.
  2. Fig.: To vex; to tease; to harass.
  3. That which smites, wounds, or troubles; a blow; a calamity; any afflictive evil or torment; a great trail or vexation.
  4. To infest or afflict with disease, calamity, or natural evil of any kind.


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