[syn: harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Plague \Plague\, n. [L. plaga a blow, stroke, plague; akin to
Gr. ?, fr. ? to strike; cf. L. plangere to strike, beat. Cf.
1. That which smites, wounds, or troubles; a blow; a
calamity; any afflictive evil or torment; a great trail or
And men blasphemed God for the plague of hail.
The different plague of each calamity. --Shak.
2. (Med.) 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. "A plague upon the people fell." --Tennyson.
Cattle plague. See Rinderpest.
Plague mark, Plague spot, a spot or mark of the plague;
hence, a token of something incurable.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Plague \Plague\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plagued; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To infest or afflict with disease, calamity, or natural
evil of any kind.
Thus were they plagued
And worn with famine. --Milton.
2. Fig.: To vex; to tease; to harass.
She will plague the man that loves her most.
Syn: To vex; torment; distress; afflict; harass; annoy;
tease; tantalize; trouble; molest; embarrass; perplex.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by
Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by
the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal [syn:
plague, pestilence, pest, pestis]
2: any epidemic disease with a high death rate [syn: plague,
3: a swarm of insects that attack plants; "a plague of
grasshoppers" [syn: infestation, plague]
4: any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent
5: an annoyance; "those children are a damn plague"
v 1: cause to suffer a blight; "Too much rain may blight the
garden with mold" [syn: blight, plague]
2: annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his
staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female
co-workers" [syn: harass, hassle, harry, chivy,
chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
181 Moby Thesaurus words for "plague":
afflict, affliction, aggravate, aggravation, ail,
ambulatory plague, anguish, annoy, annoyance, apply pressure,
badger, bait, bane, be at, be the matter, bedevil, beleaguer,
beset, besiege, bevy, bitch, black death, black plague, blandish,
blight, bother, bristle, brown off, bubonic plague, bug, bugbear,
bullyrag, burden, burn up, buttonhole, cajole, calamity,
cellulocutaneous plague, chafe, charm, chevy, chivy, cloud, coax,
complicate matters, concern, covey, crawl with, creep with,
crushing burden, curse, death, defervescing plague, destruction,
devil, discommode, discompose, disease, distemper, distress,
disturb, dog, drag, dun, epidemic, epiphytotic, epizootic, evil,
exasperate, exercise, exert pressure, fash, flight, flock, fret,
gaggle, gall, get, glandular plague, gnaw, grievance, gripe,
harass, harm, harry, hassle, haunt, headache, heckle, hector,
hemorrhagic plague, hive, hound, importune, inconvenience, infest,
infestation, infliction, invade, invasion, irk, irritate,
irritation, larval plague, lousiness, miff, molest, murmuration,
murrain, nag, nag at, needle, nemesis, nettle, nudzh, nuisance,
open wound, overrun, overrunning, overspread, overspreading,
overswarm, overswarming, pandemia, pandemic, peeve, perplex,
persecute, perturb, pest, pester, pesthole, pestilence, pick on,
pique, plague spot, pluck the beard, ply, pneumonic plague, pother,
premonitory plague, press, pressure, provoke, push, put out,
put to it, puzzle, ravage, ride, rile, roil, ruffle, running sore,
scourge, septicemic plague, siderating plague, skein, spring,
swarm, swarm with, swarming, tease, teeming, thorn, torment,
torture, trouble, try the patience, tuberculosis, tweak the nose,
urge, vex, vexation, visitation, watch, wheedle, white plague, woe,
work on, worry
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
a "stroke" of affliction, or disease. Sent as a divine
chastisement (Num. 11:33; 14:37; 16:46-49; 2 Sam. 24:21).
Painful afflictions or diseases, (Lev. 13:3, 5, 30; 1 Kings
8:37), or severe calamity (Mark 5:29; Luke 7:21), or the
judgment of God, so called (Ex. 9:14). Plagues of Egypt were ten
(1.) The river Nile was turned into blood, and the fish died,
and the river stank, so that the Egyptians loathed to drink of
the river (Ex. 7:14-25).
(2.) The plague of frogs (Ex. 8:1-15).
(3.) The plague of lice (Heb. kinnim, properly gnats or
mosquitoes; comp. Ps. 78:45; 105:31), "out of the dust of the
land" (Ex. 8:16-19).
(4.) The plague of flies (Heb. arob, rendered by the LXX.
dog-fly), Ex. 8:21-24.
(5.) The murrain (Ex.9:1-7), or epidemic pestilence which
carried off vast numbers of cattle in the field. Warning was
given of its coming.
(6.) The sixth plague, of "boils and blains," like the third,
was sent without warning (Ex.9:8-12). It is called (Deut. 28:27)
"the botch of Egypt," A.V.; but in R.V., "the boil of Egypt."
"The magicians could not stand before Moses" because of it.
(7.) The plague of hail, with fire and thunder (Ex. 9:13-33).
Warning was given of its coming. (Comp. Ps. 18:13; 105:32, 33).
(8.) The plague of locusts, which covered the whole face of
the earth, so that the land was darkened with them (Ex.
10:12-15). The Hebrew name of this insect, _arbeh_, points to
the "multitudinous" character of this visitation. Warning was
given before this plague came.
(9.) After a short interval the plague of darkness succeeded
that of the locusts; and it came without any special warning
(Ex. 10:21-29). The darkness covered "all the land of Egypt" to
such an extent that "they saw not one another." It did not,
however, extend to the land of Goshen.
(10.) The last and most fearful of these plagues was the death
of the first-born of man and of beast (Ex. 11:4, 5; 12:29,30).
The exact time of the visitation was announced, "about
midnight", which would add to the horror of the infliction. Its
extent also is specified, from the first-born of the king to the
first-born of the humblest slave, and all the first-born of
beasts. But from this plague the Hebrews were completely
exempted. The Lord "put a difference" between them and the
Egyptians. (See PASSOVER.)
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
PLAGUE, n. In ancient times a general punishment of the innocent for
admonition of their ruler, as in the familiar instance of Pharaoh the
Immune. The plague as we of to-day have the happiness to know it is
merely Nature's fortuitous manifestation of her purposeless