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contagion

noun

  1. (communicable disease)  any disease easily transmitted by contact
    Synonyms: contagious disease, contagium. Type of: communicable disease
  2. (incident)  an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
    Synonyms: contagium, infection, transmission. Type of: incident
  3. (communication)  the communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people
    Synonyms: contagium, infection. Type of: communication

Etymology summary

late Middle English (denoting a contagious disease): from Latin contagio(n-),...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

contagion | contagium [sense-specific] | pollutant [synonym, sense-specific]

the transmission of disease from one person to another by direct or indirect contact | a contagious disease | another name for "contagium" | a ... (22 of 511 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Contagion [disambiguation]

may refer to: Infectious disease | Contagion (film), a 2011 film by Steven Soderbergh | "Contagion" (Star Trek: The Next Generation) | Contagion, a 2002 film featuring Bruce Boxleitner | Contagion, a 1987 film directed by Karl Zwicky | Contagion (Arena... (36 of 229 words, 20 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

contagion | poison [synonym, sense-specific]

a contagious disease ; the transmission of a disease by direct or indirect contact ; a disease-producing agent (as a virus) | "poison" ; contagious ... (24 of 122 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/contagion

American Heritage Dictionary:

contagion

Disease transmission by direct or indirect contact. | A disease that is or may be transmitted by direct or indirect contact; a contagious disease. | ... (23 of 106 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

contagion

the communication of disease from one person or organism to another by close contact | [outdated] : a disease spread by close contact | [figurative] : ... (24 of 101 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/contagion

Wiktionary:

contagion | contagions [plural] | contagium [obsolete]

A disease spread by contact | The spread or transmission of such a disease | The spread of anything harmful, as if it were such a disease | [finance] A situation in which small shocks, which initially affect only a few financial institutions or a ... (42 of 86 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/contagion

Macmillan British Dictionary:

contagion | contagions [plural]

[uncountable, medical] a situation in which a disease can be spread from ... | [singular, formal] a situation in which feelings or ideas spread very ... (24 of 84 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/contagion

New World Dictionary:

contagion | contagium [obsolete, sense-specific]

the spreading of disease from one individual to another by direct or indirect contact | any disease thus spread; contagious disease | the causative ... (22 of 81 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

contagion

the communication of disease by direct or indirect contact. | a disease so communicated. | the medium by which a contagious disease is transmitted. | ... (22 of 57 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/contagion

Cambridge Dictionary:

contagion [formal]

when a disease is spread by touching someone or something (10 of 23 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/contagion

Encarta Dictionary:

contagion | contagions [plural]

the transmission of disease, especially by physical contact between people or contact with infected objects such as bedding or clothing | an illness ... (22 of 111 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599868​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

contagion

Origin: late Middle English (denoting a contagious disease): from Latin contagio(n-), from con- "together with" + the base of tangere "to touch"

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Wiktionary:

contagion | contagions [plural]

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

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/contagion

Online Etymology:

contagion

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Old French contagion, from Latin contagionem (nominative contagio) "a touching, contact, contagion", related to contingere "touch closely".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=contagion

Merriam-Webster:

contagion

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin contagion-, contagio, from contingere to have contact with, pollute

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/contagion

American Heritage Dictionary:

contagion

Origin: Middle English contagioun, from Latin contāgiō, contāgiōn-, from contingere, contāct-, to touch; see "contact".

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Collins Dictionary:

contagion

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin contāgiō a touching, infection, from contingere; see contact

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/contagion

New World Dictionary:

contagion

Origin: Middle English contagioun from Latin contagio, a touching from contingere: see "contact"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/contagion

Encarta Dictionary:

contagion | contagions [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin contagion- from contingere

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599868​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

contagion

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "contagion"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

contagion | contagions [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "contagion"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/contagion

Macmillan American Dictionary:

contagion | contagions [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "contagion"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

contagion [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "contagion"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "contagion"

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the Free Dictionary:

contagion

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Google Dictionary:

contagion | contagions [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "contagion"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

contagion

Audio: North American pronunciation of "contagion"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=contag​01 word=contagion

YourDictionary Audio:

contagion

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "contagion" by speech synthesizer

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