- (often used with the, sometimes capitalized: the Plague) The bubonic plague, the pestilent disease caused by the virulent bacterium Yersinia pestis.
- (pathology) An epidemic or pandemic caused by any pestilence, but specifically by the above disease.
- A widespread affliction, calamity or destructive influx, especially when seen as divine retribution.
- Ten Biblical plagues over Egypt, ranging from locusts to the death of the crown prince, finally forced Pharaoh to let Moses's people go.
- c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i], page 64 ↗:
- A plague a both the Houses, I am sped: Is he gone and hath nothing?
- (figurative) A grave nuisance, whatever greatly irritates.
- Bart is an utter plague; his pranks never cease.
- Collective noun for common grackles ↗
- French: peste
- German: Pest
- Italian: peste
- Portuguese: peste negra, peste bubónica (Portugal), peste bubônica (Brazil), peste, praga
- Russian: чума́
- Spanish: plaga
- French: fléau, plaie, calamité
- German: Plage
- Italian: piaga, calamità
- Portuguese: praga, peste
- Russian: бе́дствие
- French: plaie, calamité
- Italian: piaga
- Portuguese: incómodo (Portugal), incômodo (Brazil), peste
- Spanish: plaga
plague (plagues, present participle plaguing; past and past participle plagued)
- (transitive) To harass, pester or annoy someone persistently or incessantly.
- (transitive) To afflict with a disease or other calamity.
- Natural catastrophes plagued the colonists till they abandoned the pestilent marshland.
- French: affliger
- Italian: affliggere, molestare, tormentare
- Portuguese: incomodar, atormentar
- Spanish: plagar, molestar, atormentar, asaetear