Plague - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pleɪɡ|  American pronunciation of the word plague
Brit.  |pleɪɡ|  British pronunciation of the word plague
- a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal (syn: pest, pestilence)
- any epidemic disease with a high death rate (syn: pest, pestilence)
- a swarm of insects that attack plants (syn: infestation)
- any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)
- an annoyance


- cause to suffer a blight (syn: blight)
- annoy continually or chronically (syn: beset, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, provoke)


The country was hit by a plague of natural disasters that year.

There has been a plague of bank robberies in the area.

a plague that swept through the tribe in the 1600s

Computer viruses plague Internet users.

Crime plagues the inner city.

Drought and wildfires continue to plague the area.

Those children are a damn plague.

This bridge has been plagued with accidents ever since it was built.

The place is plagued.

The fields are plagued with locusts.

The country is plagued with three bad neighbours.

She is plagued by poor health.

The thought of suicide plagued her.

Do stop plaguing me with all these questions.

Ants plagued the picnickers.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: plague
he/she/it: plagues
present participle: plaguing
past tense: plagued
past participle: plagued
singular: plague
plural: plagues
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