That which smites, wounds, or troubles; a blow; a calamity; any afflictive evil or torment; a great trail or vexation.
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.
To infest or afflict with disease, calamity, or natural evil of any kind.
The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary. Wilhelm Reich
I'd move to Los Angeles if New Zealand and Australia were swallowed up by a tidal wave, if there was a bubonic plague in England and if the continent of Africa disappeared from some Martian attack. Russell Crowe
plague in Dutch is pest
plague in French is peste
plague in German is plagen
plague in Hungarian is pestis
plague in Latin is lues, pestilencia, pestis pestis
plague in Portuguese is praga
plague in Spanish is plaga
plague in Swedish is farsot, pest
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