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NOUN (3)

1. any disease easily transmitted by contact;
[syn: contagious disease, contagion]

2. an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted;
[syn: infection, contagion, transmission]

3. the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people;
- Example: "a contagion of mirth"
- Example: "the infection of his enthusiasm for poetry"
[syn: contagion, infection]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Contagion \Con*ta"gion\ (k[o^]n*t[=a]"j[u^]n), n. [L. contagio: cf. F. contagion. See Contact.] 1. (Med.) The transmission of a disease from one person to another, by direct or indirect contact. [1913 Webster] Note: The term has been applied by some to the action of miasmata arising from dead animal or vegetable matter, bogs, fens, etc., but in this sense it is now abandoned. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster] And will he steal out of his wholesome bed To dare the vile contagion of the night? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That which serves as a medium or agency to transmit disease; a virus produced by, or exhalation proceeding from, a diseased person, and capable of reproducing the disease. [1913 Webster] 3. The act or means of communicating any influence to the mind or heart; as, the contagion of enthusiasm. "The contagion of example." --Eikon Basilike. [1913 Webster] When lust . . . Lets in defilement to the inward parts, The soul grows clotted by contagion. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. Venom; poison. [Obs.] "I'll touch my point with this contagion." --Shak. Syn: See Infection. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

contagion n 1: any disease easily transmitted by contact [syn: contagious disease, contagion] 2: an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted [syn: infection, contagion, transmission] 3: the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people; "a contagion of mirth"; "the infection of his enthusiasm for poetry" [syn: contagion, infection]