Definition of deluge in English:

deluge

noun

  • 1A severe flood:

    ‘this may be the worst deluge in living memory’
    • ‘After 30 hours of continuous torrential rain, rivers and streams around Taranaki were struggling to cope with the deluge of water.’
    • ‘But after the flood, after the deluge they treated us as partners, not as workers for them, not as slaves, and started to give us knowledge.’
    • ‘A titanic crash of thunder heralds the return of the darkness and the onset of a truly biblical deluge.’
    • ‘The recent deluge and the resulting floods have no doubt made many househunters think about what dangers they could encounter when buying a new house.’
    • ‘At Harrogate, the hosts were put in to bat on a new strip hastily prepared because the intended pitch had been flooded by Friday's deluge.’
    • ‘Preliminary data suggest this rainfall triggered a 500-year flood deluge.’
    • ‘China said its unchecked lumber industry was a primary cause of the 1998 deluge, the country's worst floods since the 1950s.’
    • ‘The supposed height of summer has seen deluge after deluge with floods and misery across the country.’
    • ‘Which is good, of course, providing the flow doesn't become a flood, and the flood a mindless deluge.’
    • ‘But tourist operators at countryside and seaside destinations admitted they had suffered from the deluges of the past few weeks.’
    • ‘The recent deluge has left most cattle farmers in a crisis situation as regards grazing management and silage cutting.’
    • ‘The city was on a knife-edge tonight as its flood defences faced their toughest test following the continuing deluge.’
    • ‘That strategy had the support of the city's power brokers and it got all the fuel it needed in 1938, when the worst deluge in Los Angeles history killed 87 people.’
    • ‘It stood in the lowest part of town, near the Town Hall, and like it, must have been flooded in the deluge of 1955.’
    • ‘But in the light of devastation caused before the Foss barrier existed - where watermarks on the wall testify to the deluges of 1982, 1947 and 1831 - there was relatively nothing to fear.’
    • ‘Businesses were counting the cost of the deluge as many were flooded for a third time in just six weeks.’
    • ‘The deluges also prompted an increase in crop prices.’
    • ‘But the scale of last year's flooding surpassed these previous deluges, with 45 square kilometres of land submerged.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, insurance companies are bracing themselves for multi-million euro claims following the deluge which left scores of homes and businesses flooded.’
    • ‘I went outside into a biblical deluge, with no plan beyond having a big kip in the car.’
    flood, flash flood, torrent
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    1. 1.1the Deluge The biblical Flood (recorded in Genesis 6–8):
      ‘the world appeared to be emerging still from the waters of the Deluge’
      • ‘The Bible clearly teaches a literal six-day creation and a global Deluge.’
      • ‘Many arguments from both the Flood narrative itself, and from later Scriptural references, establish that the Deluge was indeed universal.’
      • ‘A proper interpretation of the rocks arid fossils speaks of a global, dynamic, watery catastrophe: the biblical Deluge.’
      • ‘The Bible certainly seemed to speak historically - Creation, The Deluge, The Tower of Babel - and yet the theologians said these things were myth, or poetry, or allegory.’
      • ‘Rather, the Deluge resulted from Divine Judgment and was attended by miracles, though many natural processes were also at work during that yearlong event.’
      • ‘Through catastrophes such as the Deluge or Sodom and Gomorrah, the religious imagination fantasised about the end of the world.’
    2. 1.2 A heavy fall of rain:
      ‘a deluge of rain hit the plains’
      • ‘Then down came the deluge and it rained like I have never seen.’
      • ‘Sir - A deluge of ‘tropical’ rain for the second time in three years: climate change is a reality we could do without.’
      • ‘Then the final week of May brought a deluge of rain especially in the West.’
      • ‘Although much of the rest of Scotland was shrouded in mist and heavy rain, the deluge which dampened Aberdeen in the morning had abated long before kick off.’
      • ‘Trees were crashing down around either side of the campsite as hillsides slipped away in the deluge of rain - all in a day's work for a surveyor of the time.’
      • ‘Move potted plants you want to protect from freezing under the eaves of the house or some other spot where they will be protected from the deluge of winter rains.’
      • ‘And, when he stood entranced in the eye of the storm, he did not think that the deluge would close over him.’
      • ‘Hundreds of residents who had suffered the deluge after yesterday's rain welcomed the clear skies today as they set about assessing their loss.’
      • ‘It seems very peaceful - we've had deluges of rain.’
      • ‘The game ended in a deluge of rain and sleet but to the credit of both teams they continued to play positive football to the end.’
      • ‘The April festival has been sunk by an ill-timed deluge of rain.’
      • ‘The storm, with deluges of rain, sweeps over the mountain and the monsoon reigns over the low lands of Malabar.’
      • ‘This was the first day in the Alps and on the top of Col de Ramaz they had almost three inches of rain when a deluge came down on them for a full forty five minutes.’
      • ‘A perfect deluge of rain instantly followed, and the roads were quickly flooded.’
      • ‘Their Shiraz variety grapes had to battle to survive after a deluge of 200 mm of rain.’
      • ‘Alas this was not to be, as a deluge of rain descended and the dancing had to be abandoned.’
      • ‘And then the heavens opened, releasing a deluge of heavy rain that had all three of us scrambling to be the first back in the house.’
      • ‘Anyway, after that little digression, I am pleased to report that we had a deluge of rain here yesterday.’
      • ‘These were no more than the drops of rain that preceded the deluge.’
      • ‘A deluge of rain on Friday evening led to several games in the Keighley area being abandoned - as the weather once again took its toll.’
      • ‘The deluges of rain upon the volcano slopes, which may be augmented by melting ice, help to mobilize ash and debris flows (lahars).’
      downpour, torrential rain, torrent of rain
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    3. 1.3 A great quantity of something arriving at the same time:
      ‘a deluge of complaints’
      • ‘The data can be intermittent during transmission opportunities, but when it comes in, it arrives in deluges and it comes in fast.’
      • ‘Villagers look like they will be losing their main bus service in just over a fortnight, despite a deluge of complaints to the bus company.’
      • ‘These letters have triggered a deluge of complaints to the watchdog, who seems to be treating them sympathetically, although he's no soft touch.’
      • ‘A deluge of email has arrived from people who read one of last week's postings and want to know three reasons why, specifically, the Russians beat us into space but not to the moon.’
      • ‘Police fielded a deluge of car vandalism complaints from motorists in north and west Wiltshire over Christmas.’
      barrage, volley
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Overwhelm with a flood:

    ‘caravans were deluged by the heavy rains’
    • ‘Only 18 months after the last floods, their homes and businesses have been deluged again.’
    • ‘It was proposed by one of the councillors, who said he was finally pushed into action by floods which deluged the town in January, killing three people.’
    • ‘Recognising that the river was about to burst its banks he alerted the emergency services and moved the coastguard vehicle to the bridge before its hut was deluged.’
    • ‘The western regions of the vast central African nation have been deluged by heavy downpours as the rainy season gets into full swing.’
    • ‘The floods that threatened to deluge the town centre yesterday put paid to virtually all weekend river match action.’
    • ‘Certainly an impact in the North Sea would deluge all of the coasts in all directions.’
    flood, inundate, engulf, submerge, swamp, drown
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    1. 1.1 Inundate with a great quantity of something:
      ‘he has been deluged with offers of work’
      • ‘I hope I'm deluged with interesting material from all over the country - especially the swing states, of course.’
      • ‘Ultimately, however, it makes for a refreshingly realistic perspective, unlike the phony, manufactured pop culture movies we are deluged with.’
      • ‘The prosecutor's office has been deluged with letters, the vast majority angrily urging that he leave the couple alone.’
      • ‘Talk to too many sources and the writer is deluged with contrary opinions, none of which converge into something close to reality.’
      • ‘Since you'll be deluged with advice like that this week, learn to see through the motivations behind it.’
      • ‘We should be deluged with statistics, but we aren't.’
      • ‘Talking to publisher friends I gather that they are deluged with manuscripts more than ever before, but I think there is a quality control.’
      • ‘People near and far are deluged with congratulatory messages over the telephones.’
      • ‘After their presentation, the duo were deluged with questions from the children.’
      • ‘‘We have not been deluged with requests for information so far but we are just a few weeks in so we need to keep an eye on the situation,’ said the spokesman.’
      • ‘From a situation where starter homes and apartments were languishing on the market for months, estate agents were suddenly deluged with enquiries.’
      • ‘Hard science does a lot better at this - generate interesting results, and you'll be deluged with requests to see the data so that other scientists can replicate it.’
      • ‘But here again is one of the major strengths of blogs: if a story is proven false, it's a rare blogger who isn't deluged with emails and comments.’
      • ‘In another account I am deluged with offers for cheap software.’
      • ‘In spite of those petty quibbles, I'm guessing she's been deluged with responses, for all the reasons I mentioned.’
      • ‘An amateur investigator has been deluged with e-mails from conspiracy theorists across the world after posting details of a mid-Essex mystery on a website.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, nobody considered notifying anyone else, and local and state authorities were soon deluged with calls from panicked citizens.’
      • ‘There's nothing like a company being deluged with inquiries from media and analysts to force some disclosure to the market.’
      • ‘The public is deluged with graphic accounts of horrible and dreadful news delivered both in orally pictorial detail assisted by visual depictions.’
      • ‘You know, I'm sure she's been deluged with phone calls, harassing phone calls, attacks, and so forth.’
      inundate, overwhelm, overload, overrun, flood, swamp, snow under, engulf
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, variant of diluve, from Latin diluvium, from diluere wash away.

Pronunciation:

deluge

/ˈdɛljuːdʒ/