contagion

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From Middle English (late 14th century), from Old French, from Latin contagio (a touching, contact, contagion) related to contingo (touch closely)

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contagion (plural contagions)

  1. A disease spread by contact
  2. The spread or transmission of such a disease
  3. The spread of anything harmful, as if it were such a disease
  4. (finance) A situation in which small shocks, which initially affect only a few financial institutions or a particular region of an economy, spread to the rest of financial sectors and other countries whose economies were previously healthy.
    • 2011, George Soros, Project Syndicate, Germany Must Defend the Euro:
      And it was German procrastination that aggravated the Greek crisis and caused the contagion that turned it into an existential crisis for Europe.
  5. (finance) A resulting recession or crisis developed in such manner.

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contagion f (plural contagions)

  1. contagion

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