plague-ridden

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

plague +‎ ridden

Adjective[edit]

plague-ridden (comparative more plague-ridden, superlative most plague-ridden)

  1. (of a place or community) Experiencing an epidemic or epidemics of bubonic plague or another illness.
    • 1930, Henry Handel Richardson (pseudonym of Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson), The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, Book I, Australia Felix, Proem,[1]
      That was in the days of the first great stampede to the goldfields, when the embryo seaports were as empty as though they were plague-ridden, and every man who had the use of his legs was on the wide bush-track, bound for the north.
    • 1978, Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor, New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Chapter 7, p. 55,[2]
      In the plague-ridden England of the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, according to the historian Keith Thomas, it was widely believed that “the happy man would not get plague.”
  2. (of a time) During which there is an epidemic or epidemics of bubonic plague or another illness.
    • 1990, Leonard Schulman, “Imagining Other Lives,” Time, 30 April, 1990,[3]
      The Beautiful Room Is Empty (1988) chronicles gay life through the liberated 1960s; if White lives long enough, he hopes to complete the series with novels about the frenzied bathhouse ’70s and the plague-ridden ’80s.
    • 2011, Neil Howe and Richard Jackson, “Global Aging and the Crisis of the 2020’s,” investorsinsight.com, 12 January, 2011,[4]
      Russia will be in the midst of the steepest and most protracted population implosion of any major power since the plague-ridden Middle Ages.
  3. (of a person, animal, body or object) Infected with or suffering from bubonic plague or another epidemic illness.
    • 1915, Rafael Sabatini, The Banner of the Bull: Three Episodes in the Career of Cesare Borgia, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, “The Perugian,” III, p. 125,[5]
      There was a saintly minorite, one Fra Cristofero, who came to tend the plague-ridden, and who himself was miraculously preserved from the contagion.
    • 1951, “Biological Warfare: It is a grim threat, but new microbe detectors offer hope,” Life, 13 August, 1951,[6]
      In the Middle Ages war parties sometimes dropped plague-ridden corpses into their enemies’ village wells.
    • 2001, John Waddington-Feather, The Marcham Mystery, Shrewsbury: Feather Books, 2006, Chapter Seven, p. 50,[7]
      She picked up a letter from the table, handling it like a plague-ridden rag, and passed it to Hartley.
    • 2016, Abigail Tucker, “The spooky history of how cats bewitched us,” Washington Post, 31 October, 2016,[8]
      Left in peace [] Europe’s cats might have pounced upon the plague-ridden rodents, saving the lives of tens of millions of people.