Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun plague

5 senses of plague

Sense 1
plague, pestilence, pest, pestis -- (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)
       => epidemic disease -- (any infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people)

Sense 2
plague, pestilence, pest -- (any epidemic disease with a high death rate)
       => epidemic disease -- (any infectious disease that develops and spreads rapidly to many people)

Sense 3
infestation, plague -- (a swarm of insects that attack plants; "a plague of grasshoppers")
       => swarm, cloud -- (a group of many things in the air or on the ground; "a swarm of insects obscured the light"; "clouds of blossoms"; "it discharged a cloud of spores")

Sense 4
plague -- (any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God))
       => calamity, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy, cataclysm -- (an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster")

Sense 5
plague -- (an annoyance; "those children are a damn plague")
       => annoyance, bother, botheration, pain, infliction, pain in the neck, pain in the ass -- (something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness; "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer"; "a bit of a bother"; "he's not a friend, he's an infliction")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb plague

2 senses of plague

Sense 1
blight, plague -- (cause to suffer a blight; "Too much rain may blight the garden with mold")
       => afflict, smite -- (cause physical pain or suffering in; "afflict with the plague")

Sense 2
harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke -- (annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers")
       => annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil -- (cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves")

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