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



contagion (countable and uncountable, plural contagions)

  1. a disease spread by contact
  2. the spread or transmission of such a disease
    Synonym: infection
  3. (figuratively, by extension) 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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