I. noun Etymology: Middle English plage, from Late Latin plaga, from Latin, blow; akin to Latin plangere to strike — more at plaint Date: 14th century 1. a. a disastrous evil or affliction ; calamity b. a destructively numerous influx <
a plague of locusts
2. a. an epidemic disease causing a high rate of mortality ; pestilence b. a virulent contagious febrile disease that is caused by a bacterium (Yersinia pestis) and that occurs in bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic forms — called also black death 3. a. a cause of irritation ; nuisance b. a sudden unwelcome outbreak <
a plague of burglaries
II. transitive verb (plagued; plaguing) Date: 15th century 1. to smite, infest, or afflict with or as if with disease, calamity, or natural evil 2. a. to cause worry or distress to ; hamper, burden b. to disturb or annoy persistently Synonyms: see worryplaguer noun

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