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Dictionary definition for: Plague

1. (n) a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected rat flea (especially bubonic plague)

2. (v) cause to suffer a blight; "Too much rain may blight the garden with mold"

3. (n) any epidemic disease with a high death rate

4. (v) annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked" "This man harasses his female co-workers"

5. (n) a swarm of insects that attack plants; "a plague of grasshoppers"

6. (n) any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)

7. (n) an annoyance; "those children are a damn plague"

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