[syn: contagion, infection]
6. moral corruption or contamination;
- Example: "ambitious men are led astray by an infection that is almost unavoidable"
7. (international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Infection \In*fec"tion\, n. [Cf. F. infection, L. infectio a
1. The act or process of infecting.
There was a strict order against coming to those
pits, and that was only to prevent infection. --De
2. That which infects, or causes the communicated disease;
any effluvium, miasm, or pestilential matter by which an
infectious disease is caused.
And that which was still worse, they that did thus
break out spread the infection further by their
wandering about with the distemper upon them. --De
3. The state of being infected; the condition of suffering
from an infectious disease; contamination by morbific
particles; the result of infecting influence; a prevailing
The danger was really very great, the infection
being so very violent in London. --De Foe.
4. That which taints or corrupts morally; as, the infection
of vicious principles.
It was her chance to light
Amidst the gross infections of those times.
5. (Law) Contamination by illegality, as in cases of
contraband goods; implication.
6. Sympathetic communication of like qualities or emotions;
Through all her train the soft infection ran.
Mankind are gay or serious by infection. --Rambler.
7. A localized area of tissue which is inflamed by growth of
microorganisms; as, he has an infection in his finger.
Syn: Infection, Contagion.
Usage: Infection is often used in a definite and limited
sense of the transmission of affections without direct
contact of individuals or immediate application or
introduction of the morbific agent, in
contradistinction to contagion, which then implies
transmission by direct contact. --Quain. See
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the pathological state resulting from the invasion of the
body by pathogenic microorganisms
2: (phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the
influence of a neighboring sound
3: (medicine) the invasion of the body by pathogenic
microorganisms and their multiplication which can lead to
tissue damage and disease
4: an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
[syn: infection, contagion, transmission]
5: 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]
6: moral corruption or contamination; "ambitious men are led
astray by an infection that is almost unavoidable"
7: (international law) illegality that taints or contaminates a
ship or cargo rendering it liable to seizure
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
83 Moby Thesaurus words for "infection":
abomination, adulteration, aerial infection, afflatus,
airborne infection, animating spirit, animation, animus, atrocity,
bad, bane, befouling, befoulment, besmirchment, blight, carrier,
communicability, contagion, contagiousness, contamination,
corruption, crying evil, cryptogenic infection, damage, defilement,
despoliation, destruction, detriment, direct infection, dirtying,
divine afflatus, droplet infection, dust infection, enlivenment,
envenoming, epidemiology, evil, exhilaration, festering, fire,
firing, fouling, genius, grievance, hand infection, harm, havoc,
hurt, ill, indirect infection, infectiousness, infusion, injury,
inspiration, mischief, misuse, moving spirit, outrage, perversion,
phytogenic infection, poison, poisoning, pollution,
primary infection, prostitution, pyogenic infection,
ritual uncleanness, secondary infection, soiling,
subclinical infection, suppuration, taint, the worst, toxin,
vector, venom, vexation, virus, vitiation, waterborne infection,
woe, wrong, zoogenic infection