Definition of plague-like in English:



  • (of a disease) resembling plague in its severity or the rapidity with which it spreads.

    ‘plague-like outbreaks of disease’
    • ‘While serious and deadly, it is it is not plague-like, and science moved very quickly to isolate the virus.’
    • ‘Very unusual and increasingly violent phenomena are originating from nature all over the world in the form of weather disturbances and plague-like new diseases.’
    • ‘The most affecting scenes in the novel are those depicting the decimation wrought by this plague-like contagion.’
    • ‘But I understood that the fall of the Western Roman Empire was preceded by a population collapse due to repeated plague like epidemics.’
    • ‘They are forced to hole up in a shopping mall in a desperate fight for their lives, when a plague-like event unleashes armies of flesh-eating zombies.’
    • ‘Corpses with plague-like symptoms begin to turn up.’
    • ‘The plague-like existence of advertising, and the emergence and popularity of reality television programmes such as Big Brother, seem to confirm our current obsession with being 'in it'.’
    contagious, communicable, epidemic, pestilent, dangerous, injurious, harmful, destructive, virulent, pernicious
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