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epidemic

(Disease), noun ailment, contagion, disease, endemic, illness, infection, malady, pandemic, plague, scourge, sickness
Associated concepts: antiepidemic law, epidemic law, pandemic

epidemic

(Large scale), noun a far-reaching occurrence, a rampant situation, a universal situation, a wideepread situation, acceleration, an omnibus situation, burreoning number, comprehensiveness, extensiveness, flurry, increasing number, mounting number, upsurge, upturn
Associated concepts: class action
See also: contagious, current, disease, far reaching, general, pestilent, predominant, prevailing, prevalent, rife
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But even some of these so-called epidemics appear to be due to parasitic worms, which have from some cause, possibly in part through facility of diffusion amongst the crowded animals, been disproportionably favoured: and here comes in a sort of struggle between the parasite and its prey.
The consequence of all this was, that the archangel cared little or nothing for the captain and mates; and since the epidemic had broken out, he carried a higher hand than ever; declaring that the plague, as he called it, was at his sole command; nor should it be stayed but according to his good pleasure.
A serious epidemic broke out in the school and three of the boys died.
Gregory, let me recommend to your attention this singular epidemic among the sheep.
But about the middle of the winter Eady's horses fell ill of a local epidemic.
It was owing to the epidemic of chicken-pox in New York the winter Mrs.
The city, indeed, seemed abandoned to supreme neglect; it betrayed that indifference which seems epidemic to cities that are passing away.
Great crowds assembled, more especially in the dinner hour, in Madison Square about the Farragut monument, to listen to and cheer patriotic speeches, and a veritable epidemic of little flags and buttons swept through these great torrents of swiftly moving young people, who poured into New York of a morning by car and mono-rail and subway and train, to toil, and ebb home again between the hours of five and seven.
While she was at her Ohio home on her vacation, the worst epidemic of yellow fever broke out in Memphis, Tenn.
That the kid was in another part of London (in charge of a person called the old woman), because there was an epidemic in Irene's street.
The epidemic of shooting of New York City policemen was a remarkable affair.
The one occasion on which he and his daughter have been known to leave their island retreat was at a past time when a terrible epidemic disease broke out among the villages in the neighborhood.